Mary Austin House

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It was no small feat to be a feminist in the late 1800s, much less a writer, poet, and artist. Yet Mary Austin made a name for herself, even though American women had just obtained the right to vote in 1920. She was also an activist - a defender of the rights of Native Americans. This house is where Austin wrote one of her most famous works of literature, "The Land of Little Rain." It is an intimate portrait of the stark beauty of Owens Valley. An excerpt from the book is written on the historical landmark plaque outside.