Carrie McGowan

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Carrie McGowan was born in Lee Vining, California back in 1898.  This one, unlike most of mine is going to be short and to the point.  I have no information as to her parents schooling and so on. 

At the age of 12 she was participating in basket weaving at Yosemite Indian Field Days.  She also gave basket weaving demonstration at the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition.  She was in a group of Mono-Paiute women known for their exceedingly fine, stunning and complex polychrome baskets. 

Somewhere along the line she married and took the name of Carrie McGowan Bethel.  She died in 1974.  In 2006, one of her baskets sold at auction for 216,250.00.  I wish I had about of a dozen of those.  Keep a smile on your face and a penny in your pocket, until tomorrow be safe and happy.

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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Sounds like an arts and crafts hobby that can be worth millions !  

May 26, 2017 04:39 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Carrie had an ovious talent! Enjoy your day!

May 26, 2017 04:42 AM #2
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I hope the same thing happens with my Maria the Potter pots.

May 26, 2017 04:57 AM #3
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Thank you for sharing this information!  TGIF to you!!!

May 26, 2017 05:08 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. I wish she showed a picture of that basket so I could keep an eye out for another.

May 26, 2017 06:19 AM #5
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I love watching basket weaving.  It is a fascinating art.  Thanks for sharing this story with us.  Enjoy the weekend. A

May 26, 2017 07:02 AM #6
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Looks like she had some artistry in her as well.

Something to keep an eye out at an estate sale!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

May 26, 2017 07:16 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Such a talented woman!  Did she happen to do under water basket weaving?

May 26, 2017 07:23 AM #8
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James, 

I googled Carrie to see some of her baskets and your AR pic came up around half way down the page!  Some of her tight weaved baskets are gorgeous. 

May 26, 2017 07:35 AM #9
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Basket weaving is impressive to watch, and see. What artistry!

Have a wonderful weekend!


May 26, 2017 07:41 AM #10
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Have a very special holiday weekend.

May 26, 2017 12:11 PM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I'm going to Google these baskets to see what they look like.  Have fun with the little round ones this weekend. 

May 26, 2017 06:17 PM #12
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow that is an amazing price for the Baskets, I remember when I was in an immigration camp in Austria they were teaching all sorts of stuff and one was basket weaving... had no interest... who would have figured that kind of value....Endre

May 26, 2017 07:23 PM #13
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I find importance in all that you write about people that have given so much that we have never heard of James Dray 

May 27, 2017 01:41 PM #14
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Carrie Mc Gowan had to be an exceptional basket weaver.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig


May 27, 2017 06:00 PM #15
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