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Near Lee Vining in Mono County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

From Scrubland to Ranchland

 
 
From Scrubland to Ranchland Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 25, 2015
1. From Scrubland to Ranchland Marker
Inscription. It took hard work, but homesteaders and settlers who came from Canada, Europe, Asia and other parts of the United States scraped a living from this tough land. Many had come to the Eastern Sierra in the 1870s and 1880s seeking riches from mining towns such as Bodie - and realized that could make a better living provisioning the miners.
Ranch owners were entrepreneurs: Louis W. De Chambeau, the owner of this ranch, raised pigs and herded sheep, which were then slaughtered for meat that was sold or bartered. De Chambeau grew hay to feed cattle and had a hay baler that he leased to other families. Growing up in Canada, he was a fine woodworker and in the winter manufactured skis that he sold to the local community.
As remote as this ranch feels, it and other local ranches played an important role in the mining boom of the late nineteenth century in the Eastern Sierra. Without the produce and meat provided by the De Chambeau ranch and others, mining could not have taken place.
 
Erected by Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service.
 
Location. 38° 2.871′ N, 119° 5.756′ W. Marker is near Lee Vining, California, in Mono County. Marker can be reached from Cemetery Road, on the right when traveling east
From Scrubland to Ranchland Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 25, 2015
2. From Scrubland to Ranchland Marker
The marker is half hidden by the gate and a fence post.
. Click for map. 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 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The De Chamber Family (within shouting distance of this marker); De Chambeau Ranch (within shouting distance of this marker); Avalanche of 1911 (approx. 3.7 miles away); Grave of Adeline Carson Stilts (approx. 4.2 miles away); Mono Diggins (approx. 4.8 miles away); Sheriff James P. Dolan (approx. 5.3 miles away); Upside-Down House (approx. 6.3 miles away); Lee Vining (approx. 6.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lee Vining.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at the De Chambeau Ranch. Access is by heading south from Cemetery Road on an unnamed dirt road.
 
Categories. AgricultureSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 169 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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