Friday, August 26, 2016

Bridgeport, CA: Cattle & Sheep Country

First known as Big Meadows, Bridgeport was settled in 1859. The meadows held potential for agricultural development. Eventually a lot of cattle and sheep-raising took place. Mining activity increased, and sawmill operations sprang up in the canyons and foothills surrounding Bridgeport making it the main supply hub for the area. It became an important “wagon port” for heavy freight wagons servicing the surrounding mining districts. In 1864 the first post office was opened.

The 1877 photo of the Leavitt House which I colorized and used for the cover of my latest novella in the Eastern Sierra Brides 1884 series, Haunted by Love, shows a flock of sheep being driven through town following the lonely pack mule. You may read more about how this cover was designed by CLICKINGHERE.

Bridgeport continued to grow cattle and sheep even after the area became known more for its hunting and fishing instead of gold mining.

To celebrate my birthday this month, my husband and I drove over to Bridgeport to visit the Mono County Historical Museum. I also took the opportunity to take some pictures of what was originally known as Big Meadows.

Approaching Bridgeport while driving north

No wonder this country quickly became cattle country.

Facing east towards Nevada

It has also provided me with some beautiful photographs which I have used for background scenery for some of my book covers. 
Facing the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Zina Abbott is the pen name used by Robyn Echols for her historical novels. The first four novellas in the Eastern Sierra Brides 1884 series, Big Meadows Valentine,  A Resurrected Heart, Her Independent Spirit, and Haunted by Love are now available.  He Is a Good Man was published as part of the Lariats, Letters and Lace anthology.