I started reading Desert Shadows last night. A fact I didn't know was that workers arrived very shortly after Family members set fire to the Michigan Loader. I thought it was days after. In fact when they got there they extinguished the fire themselves. The piece of machinery was new and cost Inyo County about $35,000. This calculates to about $216, 000 in 2011 dollars. No wonder they were as upset as they were. Below are photos of a 1969 Michigan Loader.