Randy Pench/rpench@sacbee.com

Jon Klusmire, director of the Eastern California Museum in Independence, prepares to enter the historic Edwards House, which was built in 1865. The oldest house in Inyo County, it was bought by the city of Los Angeles.<137>on Thursday, November 21, 2013 in Independence, Calif. Thomas Edwards founded the township in 1863 and built the home in 1865. It is the oldest house in Inyo County. Although it was purchased by the city of Los Angeles, it is now leased to Inyo County and used to store historical artifacts. <137>

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