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California Historic Point of Interest: McGee Mountain Rope Tow #34 22 June 2009
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McGee Mountain Rope Tow #34
US 395 North of McGee Creek Road
Lake Crowley
Year 1938

McGee Mountain Rope Tow #34

The first permanent rope tow in the Eastern Sierra was built west of this site on the east slope of McGee Mountain. This predecessor of Mammoth Mountain ski area was constructed here in 1938 because of its dependable snow and nearness to a highway. Prior to this facility most down hill skiing was done by use of a portable rope tow system (a working gasoline engine, rope, and pullies [sic].) Dave McCoy - world class skier, entrepreneur, and visionary, was instrumental in organizing and promoting skiing here. The success of this rope tow motivated McCoy to move in 1941 to Mammoth Mountain. Subsequently, within a few years, the popularity of skiing here declined and this rope tow was abandoned. Some remnants of that first rope tow can still be seen today along the slopes of McGee Mountain.

Dedicated September 14, 1996
Bodie Chapter No. 64
E Clampus Vitus

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