Mono County Points of Interest

California Historic Point of Interest: Sheriff James P. Dolan in Lee Vining 23 June 2009
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Sheriff James P. Dolan
US 395 at Picnic Grounds Road
Lee Vining

Sheriff James P. Dolan

In July of 1915, the peace and quiet of Mono County was shattered when Sheriff James P. Dolan died as a result of gunshot wounds received while attempting to apprehend two outlaws who had terrorized ranchers a short distance from this location.

Outraged by the shooting of Sheriff Dolan, the citizens of Mono County quickly formed a Sheriff's posse which tracked the outlaws to a location near the Mono Craters. Justice was served when both outlaws were killed in a shootout with possemen. A coroner's inquest determined "Death caused by resisting arrest by duly constituted representatives of the sheriff's office."

Sheriff Dolan, the 15th lawman to serve that office since the formation of Mono County, made the ultimate sacrifice with the fearless determination which had been entrusted to him by the citizens of Mono County.

By Martin A. Strelneck
Sheriff - Mono County 1993
E Clampus Vitus - Bodie Chapter.

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