Mono County Points of Interest

California Historic Point of Interest: Mammoth City 24 June 2009
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Mammoth City
Old Mammoth Road
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth City

On this site, opposite colorful Mineral Hill (now known as Red Mountain) where the Mammoth mines are located, stood the town of Mammoth City. In this gulch during 1878-79 sprouted a mining camp of perhaps a thousand people. Mammoth City - the center for the nearby, smaller camps of Pine City, Mill City, and Mineral Peak - is said to have had 22 saloons, 13 stores, 2 breweries, 2 livery stables, 5 restaurants and 2 newspapers. Remember that a ten foot square tent or shack plus a barrel of whiskey were all that was needed to make a "saloon". The Mammoth Mining Co. shut down permanently during the severe winter of 1879-80 causing a mass exodus of residents. A Daily News report stated "twenty pairs of snowshoes, each with a man on top, left this morning".

Erected 1984 by E Clampus Vitus, Bodie Chapter No. 64.

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