Mono County Points of Interest

Mono Lake at Dawn The View From Here of Mono Lake at Dawn
18 February 2007
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Mono Diggins
US 395 Vista Point Near Conway Summit
North of Lee Vining

Mono Diggins

About 1 mile N. E. of here lies Mono Diggins, the first extensive placer mining excitement east of the Sierra. Cord Norst is generally credited with being the discoverer on July 4, 1859. A town, Monoville, boasted a transient population of 500-1,000. A post office established December 12, 1859, was closed by April 2, 1862, as the prospectors moved on to Aurora.

One of the most ambitious hydraulic water projects of the time was the transportation of water from Virginia Creek to the Diggins by open ditches known as "the Mono Ditch." The remains of the system may be seen by looking easterly from the highway summit or northerly from the bottom of the grade.

Plaque dedicated September 9, 1978
Bodie Chapter of E Clampus Vitus

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