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Mono Craters - Mono Lake, CA

Mono Lake
Benton, Benton Crossing
Lee Vining


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All Fotocards courtesy of Rich McCutchan unless otherwise indicated.

See USE NOTICE on Home Page.


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Mark Twain bust at Mono Lake, CA - August 1939

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Greetings from Lee Vining, CA
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L/R: Adam Farrington, Walter Scott Farrington

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Adam Farrington - Born in Belleville, NV
First white child born in Belleville
Oldest son of Ina Sweany-Farrington
Brothers: Walter Farrington
Howard Farrington

Sisters: Eva Farrington-Gifford
Mabel Farrington-Sproul
Hazel Farrington-McAfee



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Mono Paoha - Mono Lake, CA
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Mono Lake / U.S. 395 (Three Flags Highway)
as seen from Conway Summit

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Owens River Ranch - Bishop, CA

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"The Boys" Arcularius Ranch - Bishop, CA
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Paiute Indian Village
(Photo courtesy Inyo County Sesquicentennial)
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Paiute Village
(Photo courtesy Inyo County Sesquicentennial)

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Memoir of an unrepentant romantic Caltech undergraduate - 1938 - 1942
by William T. Holser

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Horse Meadows and Bohler Canyon Arborglyphs: History Recorded on the Trees
byNancy Hadlock & Richard Potashin


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Nanci Hopler writes:

What a great compilation of Mono County photos! They brought back lots of memories. I recall eating dinner at the Tioga Lodge restaurant on the east side of 395 with the big windows overlooking the lake. Classy place.
The Mono Inn was the site of many great Basque parties, particularly the last one in the fall before the sheep were shipped south for the winter. There would gather herders from several sheep companies, all to mark the end of summer in las montañas. There might be 20+ herders at the bar downstairs, singing, dancing and wishing each other ‘un buen invierno’, a good winter.

September 2020 .


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Dining Room and Lobby or Arcularius Ranch - Bishop, CA
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Arcularius Ranch - Bishop, CA

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Trout caught in the Owens River at Arcularius Ranch - Bishop, CA

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Owens River at Bill Garner's Camp - Bishop, CA

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The "Red Cabin" at Bill Garner's Camp - Bishop, CA

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Lobby or Arcularius Ranch - Bishop, CA

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Catch on the Arcularius Ranch - Bishop, CA

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Headwaters of Owens River, Thompson Ranch Resort - Bishop, CA


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Log cabin at Thompson Ranch Resort - Owens River, Bishop, CA

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The Owens River at Benton Crossing

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Arcularius Ranch - Bishop, CA

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Owens River Ranch - Bishop, CA
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Thompson Ranch Resort - Owens River, Bishop, CA
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Log cabin at Thompson Ranch Resort - Owens River, Bishop, CA

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Cabins on Thompson Ranch Resort - Owens River, Bishop, CA

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Old Stamp Mill in Mono County, CA

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Arcularius Ranch - Bishop, CA
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Benton Hot Springs - Benton, CA

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Main Street - Benton, CA

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Benton Hot Springs General Store - Benton, CA

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Elsie and puppy - Benton, CA

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Carson & Colorado RR Benton Depot - Benton, CA

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Carson & Colorado RR hauling lumber near Benton, CA

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Main Street - Benton, CA

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Main Street - Benton, CA

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Workers on the Carson & Colorado RR at Benton, CA

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Benton Dude Ranch - Benton, CA

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Hot Springs on the Benton Dude Ranch - Benton, CA

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Benton Hot Springs - Benton, CA
(Photo courtesy Inyo County Sesquicentennial)

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Benton Hot Springs - Benton, CA
(Photo courtesy Inyo County Sesquicentennial)

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Benton, CA

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Benton, CA

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Benton Hot Springs General Store - Benton, CA

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Crater, CA

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Crater, CA
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Benton Trading Post - Benton, CA


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Lee Vining, CA Residents

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Frankie and Louie, "The Mahouts" of Lee Vining, CA

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Mono Inn - Lee Vining / Mono Lake, CA

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Mono Inn - Lee Vining / Mono Lake, CA

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Tioga Lodge - Mono Lake, CA
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Tioga Lodge tent cottages - Mono Lake, CA

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Tioga Lodge dining room - Mono Lake, CA

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Mono Lake and Negit Island - Lee Vining, CA

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Indian Field Day near Lee Vining, CA

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Mono Lake - Lee Vining, CA

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Mono Inn - Mono Lake, CA

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Mono Inn - Mono Lake, CA

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Mono Inn - Mono Lake, CA

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Tioga Lodge - Mono Lake, CA

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Tioga Lodge - Mono Lake, CA

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Mono Lake from Tioga Lodge - Mono Lake, CA

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First Snow at Tioga Lodge - Mono Lake, CA

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Mono Lake from Tioga Lodge - Mono Lake, CA

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Main Street - Lee Vining, CA
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Main Street - Lee Vining, CA

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Main Street - Lee Vining, CA

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U.S. Pumice & Supply Co. on the shores of Mono Lake, CA

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Main Street - Lee Vining, CA

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U.S. Pumice & Supply Co. on the shores of Mono Lake, CA

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Murphey's Cabins - Lee Vining, CA

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Catholic Church - Lee Vining, CA

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Mono Inn - Mono Lake, CA

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The family at the Mono Lake Post Office

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The family at Mono Lake - 1922

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John Matley Ranch - Mono Lake, CA

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Farrington Ranch - Mono Lake, CA

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Cain Ranch House circa 1923

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Cain Ranch Club House - 1923
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Cain Ranch Club House - 1923

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Shop and Garage - Cain Ranch - 1923

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Grading Crew, Cain Ranch - 1923

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Shop and Garage - Cain Ranch - 1923


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Moving Camp to Dead Man

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Grading Crew, Cain Ranch - 1923

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Grading Crew, Cain Ranch - 1923

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Lee Vining, CA

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Mono Basin Project L.A. DWP - Men's Quarters Long Valley Camp

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Mono Basin Project L.A. DWP - Long Valley Camp

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Mono Basin Project L.A. DWP - Long Valley Camp

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Mono Basin Project L.A. DWP - Mono Craters
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Mono Basin Project L.A. DWP - Mono Craters

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Mono Basin Project L.A. DWP - West Portal Mono Craters Tunnel

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State Highway near Boulder Lodge - June Lake, CA

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Crestview Lodge - Mono County, CA

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Crestview Lodge - Mono County, CA

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Crestview Lodge - Mono County, CA

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Crestview Lodge - Mono County, CA

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Excursion boat on Mono Lake - Mono Lake, CA

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Volcanic craters on Pahoa Island, Mono Lake - Mono Lake, CA

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Mono Lake from Tioga Lodge - Mono Lake, CA

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Mono Lake & Mono Craters from Tioga Lodge - Mono Lake, CA

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Mono Craters - Mono County, CA

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Mono Craters - Inyo County, CA

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Mono Craters as seen from Tioga Pass Highway near Carson's Camp
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Speed boat racing on Mono Lake, CA
Speedboat races were part of mark Twain Days festivities at the Mono Inn.
At least 65 people were in this 1933 shoreline crowd viewing the races.
A chalkboard appears to be the tally board for race results.
The World Championship Hydroplane Races were held on Mono Lake in the 1930s.

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"Venita" motor boat on Mono Lake, CA

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Mono Lake and the Sierra Nevada

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U.S. 395 and Mono Lake, CA

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Mono Lake, CA

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Mono Lake, CA

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Mono Mills - Mono Lake, CA

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Mono Mills - Mono Lake, CA

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Mono Mills - 2015
(photo courtesy of Ray DeLea archives)
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On a dude ranch at Benton, CA

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Rodeo Days at Benton Dude Ranch
(Frasher Fotocard)

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Casa Diablo Mill - 1912
(Photo courtesy of Calisphere)
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Mill of the Doged Mining Company in Mammoth City - Circa 1930
(Photo courtesy of Calisphere)
   

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Mono Mills photos courtesy of UCLA Digital Library Collections
Photos from the 1913 David F. Smith and Henry Hebard West Tour

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Wooden building near Mono Lake - 1929
(Courtesy Adelbert Bartlett Papers)

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Thompson's log cabin, Owens River

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Two cars parked outside the general store in Mono Mills

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Men milling about their cars parked outside the general store in Mono Mills

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H. H. West's Buick and Dave F. Smith's EMF parked in front of the Mono Mills general store

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Mono Mills store, viewed from the side

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Packtrain traveling near Mono Mills - (CLOSE UP)

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Lumber mill in Mono Mills standing in the distance

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View of a lumber worker pushing a cart along railroad tracks

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View of a lumber worker pushing a cart along railroad tracks

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Mary A. West and Isabelle Smith walk along railroad tracks to the Mono Mills general store
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Remains of the Mono Mills sawmill - 1950
(Photo courtesy of the UC Davis Library)

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Abandoned right of way, Bodie & Benton 36" Guage Railway at Mono Mills - 1950
(Photo courtesy of the UC Davis Library)

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Site of the log camp three miles south of Mono Mills on the Bodie & Benton Railway - 1950
(Photo courtesy of the UC Davis Library)

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Mono Basin Project photos courtesy of Nephi Gleich
Nephi was the foreman on the Shaft #1 excavation part of the project.


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Mono Basin Project L.A. DWP - DWP School Bus with children from the families at the Mono Basin Project community housing. Circa 1938

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Mono Basin Project L.A. DWP - Workers in Shaft #1

L/R: Nephi Gleich, unknown, unknown

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Mono Basin Project L.A. DWP - Shaft #1 circa 1938
The shaft was 1,000 feet deep and 11 miles long

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Mono Basin Project L.A. DWP - Shaft #1 site circa 1938

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Mono Basin Project L.A. DWP - Winter dog sled team in action circa 1938

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Mono Basin Project L.A. DWP - Community housing quarters

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Mono Basin Project L.A. DWP - housing Community quarters

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Nephi Gleich residence in 1938 - the cabin was rented from the city of L.A.

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Mono Basin Project L.A. DWP - heading out to Shaft #1 - circa 1938

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Mono Basin Project L.A. DWP - Shaft #1 site circa 1938

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Mono Basin Project L.A. DWP - Shaft #1 site circa 1938

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Mono Basin Project L.A. DWP - Community housing quarters circa 1938

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Mono Basin Project L.A. DWP - Community housing quarters

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Nephi Gleich family members

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Mono Basin Project L.A. DWP - Community housing quarters

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Nephi Gleich family members
L/R: ?, Joyce ?, Edna Higley Gleich, Nephi Gleich
Front: Geraldine Lousise Gleich


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Mono Basin Project L.A. DWP - Sierra Nevada from Shaft #1 - circa 1934

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Mono Basin Project L.A. DWP - ????????

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Mono Basin Project

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Mono Basin Project 11 mile long Tunnel

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Mono Basin Historical Information

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Tourist excursion to Paoho Island on Mono Lake - Frasher's Foto

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Tourist excursion to Paoho Island on Mono Lake - Frasher's Foto
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Mono Basin Project workers in the tunnel excavation.

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Mono Basin Project workers in the tunnel excavation.

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L.A. DWP Operations in the Mono Basin

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Images gleaned off of Ebay

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Lee Vining Meat Deliver - Mono Lake, CA - circa 1940

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Mark Twain Days speedboat races on Mono Lake, CA - 1933
Speedboat races were part of mark Twain Days festivities at the Mono Inn.
At least 65 people were in this 1933 shoreline crowd viewing the races.
A chalkboard appears to be the tally board for race results.
The World Championship Hydroplane Races were held on Mono Lake in the 1930s.

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Fish Fry at Mono Lake, CA

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The Mono Marina - Mono Lake, CA

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Tramway above the Rush Creek Powerplant - Mono Lake Basin, CA
To facilitate movement of warkers and material up the steep 1,250-foot climb above the Rush Creek powerhouse to Agnew Lake (at 8,506 feet), a tramway was constructed. A second section of tramway (picutred) was built from Agnew Lake up to the Gem Lake Reservoir at 9,065 feet.

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Mono Lake and Mono Craters - Mono Lake, CA

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Main Building of Tioga Lodge - Mono Lake, CA
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Mono Lake, CA

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Benton Crossing, CA - circa 1940
(Photo courtesy of Inyo County Sesquicentennial)
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Benton Crossing, CA - circa 1940
(Photo courtesy of Inyo County Sesquicentennial)

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Mono Lake, CA - circa 1912
(Photo courtesy of Inyo County Sesquicentennial)

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Old Mill at Benton, California
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Remnants of the lime kilns along the Benton & Bodie Railroad

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Remnants of the Benton & Bodie Railroad

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Remnants of the lime kilns along the Benton & Bodie Railroad

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Remnants of the Benton & Bodie Railroad

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Powerhouse Gasoline in Lee Vining, CA

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Benton Hot Springs

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Benton Hot Springs - circa 1909

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At the Benton trading Post - circa 1908

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Benton Hot Springs - circa 1909

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At the Benton Trading Post - circa 1908

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Mono Lake Airport - Gala Day in Honor of Mark Twain - August 4, 1929

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Lee Vining beauty contest on the shores of Mono Lake - circa 1950
(Photo courtesy of Pam Milligan Vaughan)

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Photo courtesy of the California Transportation Library Digital Collection
1912 - Mono Lake, CA, Pasear Tour
A word about the Pasear Tour - Inyo Good Roads Club
This collection consists of the photographs taken of the 1912 California Pasear Tour by the McCurry Foto Company of Sacramento. The Pasear Tour was organized as part of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition. Anticipating the completion of the Panama Canal in 1914, in 1911 the United States Congress decided the best way to celebrate would be to hold a world fair, and designated San Francisco as the host city for this exposition. There was an immediate flood of inquiries from all over the country, as to how to best see California by motor car. The Inyo County Good Roads Club proposed that a statewide tourist route be mapped, called the Pasear Tour, that would "present to the tourist the sublimity of the ocean, the desolation of the desert, the grandeur of the Sierras, and the fertility of the valleys." The route would cover three of the principal roads: El Camino Real (San Francisco to San Diego); El Camino Sierra (Los Angeles to Lake Tahoe); and El Camino Capital (Lake Tahoe to San Francisco). The Inyo proposal received support and sponsorship from the American Automobile Association, California Governor Hiram Johnson, the Studebaker Corporation and the California Highway Commission, among others. Maps were produced and the inaugural tour took place in 1912. The motorists consisted of Inyo Good Roads Club members, sponsor representatives and newspaper correspondents. The McCurry Foto Company went along with the caravan of Studebaker E-M-F automobiles and documented the journey in photographs. The tourists embarked from the Palace Hotel in San Francisco on June 10, 1912 and followed El Camino Real south (roughly current US 101/Interstate 5 routes) through Los Angeles to San Diego/Tijuana and then back to Los Angeles. The caravan then took the El Camino Sierra route (now roughly Highways 99 and 395), through the desert country and north up the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada to Lake Tahoe. The tour then pursued the El Camino Capital route (now US 50/Interstate 80), completing the 2,000 mile loop at the Palace Hotel on July 9, 1912.

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Claud Walborn on Mono Lake
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Mono Lake at Danbergs

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At the historic Dunderberg Mine in Mono County

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In 1926, the Mono Lake kids attended school in a newer building constructed at the same location. Mildred Gregory taught the first term in the new school, which was used until 1942, serving grades one through seven. In 1987, the building was relocated to Hess Park in Lee Vining, and it now houses the Schoolhouse Museum operated by the MBHS.
L/R (first row): Velma Rogers, Elma Hess, Betty Bergan, unidentified, Hilda Sylvester, and two unidentified
L/R (2nd row): August Hess, William Sylvester, Danny Rogers, Two unidentified, Mildred Gregory, Jack Bergen, Jean Bergen, Billy Nay, Margie Sylvester, Mary Nay, and Margaret Gilbert.

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The El Mono Hotel was built in 1927 in Lee Vining by Peter Gilli (on the left). Also shown are Gilli's daughter, Rosemarie, and son, Peter Gilli Jr. Gilli bought two lots in the new town from Chris Mattly. He built the hotel in a "military style" he had learned as a Swiss army officer. The loby was a restaurant, and the building housed a dentist office and a barbershop.

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Another winter lineup of cars in 1937 shows the Lakeview Camp office and Lee Vining Market. Bob Currie sold the market and camp to William Banta in 1933. At one time, the business also proided a laundry room, bakery, and post office.

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The students at the Mono Lake School in 1897.
L/R (1st row sitting on porch): ? Filosena, Albert Sylvester, ? Filosena, Pearl Cavin, ? Filosena, Alice Sylvester, ? Nay, Herbert Dechambeau, and ? Currie
L/R (2nd row): W. Currie, Emma Farneman (teacher), ? McGan, ? McGan, Isabel Nay, M. McKnight, A. Nay, J. Currie, M. McKnight, and Alice Currie
Bert Lundy is standing to the left. Orvis Nay is seated on a rock. This was the first Mono Lake School house, but not its first school. The Mono Lake School District was founded in November 1888. Until 1922, two schools existed in the Mono Basin. Crater School was south of Lee Vining near the Farrington ranch, located there so families would not have to pay the road toll at Hammond Station, and another was held for two years near Mill Creek in the ground floor of Jerry Miller's house. in 1889, this building was moved from Bodie to serve as a school at a site north of where the Mono Inn now stands. By 1922, the highway toll was no longer collected, and the school board had the building relocated closer to water northwest of Mono Lake.

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Mono Lake school house and students.
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Advertisement for Mono Lake and Paoha Island

mono lake tours
Through the 1930s, Wallace McPherson offered boat tours from the Mono Inn, at first on this excursion boat and later on the 36-passenger boat Venita, named for his mother. The summer boat tours included stops at the gull nesting colony on Negit Island. Today the nestin islands are closed to access to avoid disturbing the birds from April 1 through August 1 but can be reached by boat the rest of the year.


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