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

Legend of Deadman

 
 
Legend of Deadman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karen Key, October 7, 2006
1. Legend of Deadman Marker
Inscription. In 1861 the burned and headless body of Robert Hume, a prospector, was found in a shallow grave not far from this site. Later, the head was located in a nearby stream (now known as Deadman Creek). Hume was last seen alive with his partner, Farnsworth, searching for the fabled Lost Cement Mine. When next seen, Farnsworth was asked about his partner, to which he told a story of a surprise Indian attack and barely escaping with his life. A subsequent investigation proved this to be untrue. Unfortunately, before an arrest warrant could be issued, Farnsworth disappeared.

However, the legend did not end there. A few years later, the remains of two nameless prospectors were found near the bottom of what is now Deadmans Pass. Then, in December 1879, William Haines a postal worker, was reported missing during a severe winter storm while transporting mail between Mammoth City and Kings Ranch. His body and mailbags were later recovered near the bottom of what is now –Deadman Summit. Thus, ensuring this section of Mono County would forever be linked with “Deadman”.

Dedicated September 11, 2004
Bodie Chapter No. 64
E Clampus Vitus
 
Erected 2004 by Bodie Chapter No. 64, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker
Legend of Deadman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karen Key, October 7, 2006
2. Legend of Deadman Marker
is included in the Believe It or Not, and the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 44.992′ N, 118° 59.013′ W. Marker is near Mammoth Lakes, California, in Mono County. Marker is on U.S. 395 north of Deadmans Creek Exit, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. It is 2 miles north of the safety rest area. Marker is in this post office area: Mammoth Lakes CA 93546, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lost Cement Mine (approx. 1.5 miles away); Legend of June Lake Slot Machines (approx. 5.6 miles away); Carsonís Camp (approx. 5.9 miles away); June Lake Mining District (approx. 6.1 miles away); The Tavern (approx. 7.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mammoth Lakes.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Karen Key of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 3,992 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Karen Key of Sacramento, California. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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