“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Lee Vining in Mono County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)


Bennettville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 23, 2011
1. Bennettville Marker
Inscription. One mile west is the site of Bennettville. Originally located as the Sheepherder Mine in 1874 by William Bruskey and relocated by Thomas Bennett, President of the Great Sierra Consolidated Silver Mining Company as the Tioga Mines. The claim and visions of a rich silver lode drew thousands to the site of Bennetville. In 1882, eight tons of mining equipment were brought from Lundy via the Tioga Crest and across Saddlebags Lake to the mine. The need for a better way to get mining equipment to Bennetville and ore out prompted the building of the Tioga Road. The road, from the Big Oak Flat Road to Bennettville, was completed in 1883. No ore was ever mined or any hauled. By 1890, the mine was closed and the Tioga Road was little more than a pack trail.
Erected 1985 by E Clampus Vitus, Bodie Chapter No. 64.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 37° 56.306′ N, 119° 15.028′ W. Marker is near Lee Vining, California, in Mono County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Saddlebags Lake Road and Tioga Pass Road (California Highway 120), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Saddlebags Lake Road is 7 miles west of Lee Vining and
Bennettville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 23, 2011
2. Bennettville Marker
1 mile east of the Yosemite National Park entrance. Marker is in this post office area: Lee Vining CA 93541, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Tioga Pass Road (approx. 1.2 miles away); Would-Be Miners and Occasional Tourists (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named Tioga Pass Road (approx. 2 miles away); Yosemite Ghost Mines (approx. 3.3 miles away); Lundy (approx. 6.2 miles away); Sheriff James P. Dolan (approx. 6.9 miles away); Grave of Adeline Carson Stilts (approx. 7.1 miles away); Lee Vining (approx. 7.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lee Vining.
Regarding Bennettville. Ruins of the mining town still remain and are accessible by a walk of about 15 minutes from the nearby campground. Site is only accessible during the summer months.
Also see . . .
1. Bennettville. History of Bennettville along with current photos of the site. (Submitted on December 1, 2011.) 

2. Bennittville. From Ghost Mines of Yosemite (1958) by Douglass Hubbard:
Of the dozen or more buildings which once graced Bennettville only two remain today— the old stable and what probably was the assay office. In the shadow of Mount Dana they have weathered quietly to a golden brown. Burned wood outlines the foundations
Bennettville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 23, 2011
3. Bennettville Marker
of the company office and a large warehouse. The fate of the other buildings is not known.
(Submitted on December 1, 2011.) 
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Tioga Pass Road image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer
4. Tioga Pass Road
Tioga Pass is a seasonal highway and is closed to traffic during the winter.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 415 times since then and 78 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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