The Alabama Hill in Lone Pine, Ca, is a geologically unique rock field from the same period as but separate from the Sierra Nevada mountains. It is formed by large rock formations that have eroded into rounded shapes and arches. The trip on the Arches Loop Trail is magnificent. These hills are set below Mt Whitney and sunrises there are beautiful.
This rugged terrain has been used as a set for many movies, particularly westerns from the 1920’s through 1960’s. It was even used in a Star Trek film. As you drive or hike through the hills you can envision the bad guys “holed up” in the rocks shooting down on the good guys.
According to Wikipedia, the hills were named for the CSS Alabama, a Confederate warship. Confederate sympathizers named their mines in the area after the ship and the hills derived its name from the mines.
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