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Near Mammoth Lakes in Mono County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Convict Lake

 
 
Convict Lake Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Karen Key, October 8, 2006
1. Convict Lake Marker
Inscription. Convict Lake and Creek are so named as the result of an encounter here September 17, 1871, between Robert Morrison, Benton Merchant and member of a posse of citizens, and three convicts who had escaped from the Carson City, Nevada, State Penitentiary. Morrison encountered the convicts on present Convict Creek, then known as Monte Diablo Creek. Morrison was killed and the convicts escaped. Other members of the posse captured the fugitives in Round Valley. They were taken to Bishop where two of the convicts were hanged. The third, a youth of 19, was returned to the Carson Prison. The Indians are said to have called Convict Lake Wit-Sa-Nap.

Dedicated September 21, 1974
Bodie Chapter, E Clampus Vitus
Mono County Board of Supervisors

 
Erected 1974 by Bodie Chapter, E Clampus Vitus and Mono County Board of Supervisors.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 35.687′ N, 118° 51.115′ W. Marker is near Mammoth Lakes, California, in Mono County. Marker is on Convict Lake Road west of U.S. 395, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mammoth Lakes CA 93546, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
Convict Lake Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Karen Key, October 8, 2006
2. Convict Lake Marker
markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tragedy at Convict Lake (within shouting distance of this marker); McGee Mountain Rope Tow #34 (approx. 3.3 miles away); Casa Diablo (approx. 4.7 miles away); Crowley Lake (approx. 5.6 miles away); Margaret & Emmett Hayden Cabin (approx. 6.7 miles away); Temple of Folly (approx. 6.7 miles away); Old French Trail (approx. 6.9 miles away); Old Mammoth Saloon (approx. 7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mammoth Lakes.
 
Categories. Natural FeaturesSettlements & Settlers
 
Convict Lake Photo, Click for full size
By Karen Key, October 8, 2006
3. Convict Lake
Convict Lake Photo, Click for full size
By Nina Sunseri, January 20, 2007
4. Convict Lake
Ice skaters (to the right) are enjoying a frozen Convict Lake.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Karen Key of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 21,664 times since then and 687 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page was the Marker of the Week Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.   4. submitted on , by Nina Sunseri of Ridgecrest, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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