High Desert Memories - A Hometown Journal Commemorating Ridgecrest California
     Taking its name from nearby Camp Independence established on Independence Day, July 4th 1862 - once named Little Pine - Independence is a warehouse of old western history.  The seat of INYO county since Feb. 3, 1866.  Museum and surviving historic sites illustrate the history and define the peoples who developed this area over the last century. 
Much in the way of geologic evidence of the upheavals which formed the present day layout of this country are evident here.     See more about this area here -    and here.
  Commander's House
  Mary Austin's Home
  Fish Hatchery
  Inyo County Courthouse
  The Slim Princess locomotive operated by Southern Pacific in the early 1900's
  First permanent habitation built in Inyo County  1861