Sunday, March 20, 2016
Laws Railroad Museum
Laws was a railroad depot along the narrow gauge track that ran from Mound House, near Virginia City, Nevada to Keeler, California. The small town that grew around the depot went into decline when the railroad and local mines closed in the 1930s and 40s. When the museum was established in 1966 the depot, the agent’s house, the oil and water tanks and the turntable were the only things left. Additional buildings have been relocated to form a little town. Some of the buildings are furnished with period pieces and some hold collections of donated artifacts. The train cars can be entered. There’s also a collection of farming equipment and a gold mining display where volunteers start the equipment to demonstrate how it works.
Almost all of the buildings have ramps but there are some access problems such as high thresholds or steps between the rooms. Approximately 2/3 of the buildings are completely accessible. The area with the farming and mining equipment is not accessible due to loose gravel and rough terrain.
A lot across the street from the museum is large enough for any RV. Overnight parking is not permitted but you can drive up Siver Canyon Road for a couple of miles and camp on BLM land. We parked near the foothills. This area is not suitable for large RVs but we did see some RVs parked on the flat lands.
Museum 37.40045, -118.34643 Boondocking 37.40522, -118.31679