Meadowmom

Meadowmom

Posted on 04/06/2016


Photo taken on March 19, 2016


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A Chevy Story

A Chevy Story
This is Clyde Lee’s 1939 Chevrolet, displayed in Shoshone, my favorite desert village. Closely related to Death Valley, Shoshone remembers its people and their stories.

There is a bar story about a Chevy only a little younger than this one. It was also a Shoshone car.

Dale Rose was a pleasant young guy who mined talc at Ibex Spring and saved his money. He went all the way over to Lone Pine and paid cash for a 1941 Chevrolet from the new dealership there. Somehow, in the general conviviality, the official paperwork was overlooked. He never received license plates for his car.

After a while he drove the rudimentary highway from Shoshone to the Department of Motor Vehicles office at Barstow, a rough 170 mile round trip, They told him that without paperwork, his car did not exist.

Didn’t matter too much until one day Dale's car was stolen. He went back to the DMV at Barstow, (another bumpy 170 miles), where they had him fill out the official theft report.
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A month or so later, one of his buddies found the car parked in the Dublin Hills. So Dale made a third tedious trip to Barstow, (170 miles), and filed the report of recovery. Returned to Shoshone and sighed with relief.

But now the vehicle had paperwork, and a few weeks later he was notified by mail that his license plates were ready. All he had to do, the official letter said, was come to Barstow and pick them up.

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Mojave Desert, on the edge of Death Valley.
(More stories in my album, “Speaking of Death Valley.”)

Crowquiller, LotharW, Bindubaba, Christine Boes-Schiller and 6 other people have particularly liked this photo


12 comments - The latest ones
Anne-Marie(Minus)
Anne-Marie(Minus)
excellent... tout est resté figé !!
2 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Love the story and love the way the bumper has beem "staked" !
2 years ago.
HappySnapper
HappySnapper
Not hard to see why this is one of your favorite places, packed full of 1940's atmosphere and nostalgia. Looks good large and on black.
2 years ago.
Régine Daenens
Régine Daenens
Superbe. Un endroit rempli d'histoires.
2 years ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Not the way one would like to get plates but at least he got the car back. Awesome shot!
2 years ago.
W9JIM - Jim Doss
W9JIM - Jim Doss
On my very first trip to DVNP in 1974, I stayed in Shoshone - at the abandoned motel (end room) - next door to where this is parked. If I remember correctly, this old car was parked in this same spot. :-)
2 years ago.
Meadowmom has replied to W9JIM - Jim Doss
Oh, wonderful! Somebody who actually stayed in that old place! I didn’t know the car had been there that long.

Have you noticed that the current Shoshone Motel, across the road from the one you stayed in, is being completely renovated right now? Carpenters swarming, pickups, big stacks of sheet rock, etc... They are still renting the four rooms out in back and their rack rate during high season (2 weeks ago) has jumped to $120.00.
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
W9JIM - Jim Doss has replied to Meadowmom
I didn't know about the motel, but it's been a couple-three years, now, since I've been through Shoshone.
2 years ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
Loved your story, Laurie. A very evocative image.
2 years ago.
Bindubaba
Bindubaba
Great - would love to visit this place
2 years ago.
LotharW
LotharW
What a nice story and beautiful Picture - all the best for the future... :-)
2 years ago.