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Name: Site of Putnam’s Cabin
Site Number: #223
Date Visited: 11/15/2014
Other Designation: None
Plaque Status: State Marker
Location: 145 N Edwards St,, Independence, CA 93526
Coordinates36.8030816,-118.2000219
Website: N/A

Description: In August 1861, Charles Putnam built the first cabin for permanent habitation in what is now Inyo County. The building, located 130 feet west of this site, served as a home, trading post, hospital, and ‘fort’ for early settlers, as well as a survival point for travelers. It became the center of the settlement of ‘Putnam’s’ which five years later took the name “Independence.”