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

Temple of Folly

Temple of Folly Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 24, 2011
1. Temple of Folly Marker
Inscription.  During the heyday of Lake Mining District (1877-1881) there emerged one premiere drinking establishment – The Temple of Folly. It was the brainchild of Andrew J Murphy, who in October 1879 purchased the clothing store of Reinstien & Wolf, located on Main Street in the center of Mammoth City, transforming it into a first class saloon and resort. “Rock & rye” was its specialty drink, quoted to be a guaranteed remedy for all coughs and colds. Other noted amenities include a reading room and circulating library (stocked with books from Murphy’s private collection).

Unfortunately, within a few months, the local mines faltered and on November 14, 1880, a devastating fire destroyed half the town forcing Murphy to relocate to Bishop, where he opened a new Temple of Folly.

Although its existence was brief, Mammoth’s Temple of Folly typified the pioneer spirit of those first residents on the eastern Sierras and will forever be associated with the first days of Mammoth Lakes.
Erected 2008 by E Clampus Vitus, Bodie Chapter No. 64.
Marker series.

Temple of Folly Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 24, 2011
2. Temple of Folly Marker
This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 37° 38.111′ N, 118° 57.785′ W. Marker is in Mammoth Lakes, California, in Mono County. Marker can be reached from Sherwin Creek Road. Touch for map. The marker is near the Hayden Cabin, a short trail walk from the Sierra Meadows Ranch parking lot on Sherwin Creek Road. The nearest intersection is Old Mammoth Road. Marker is in this post office area: Mammoth Lakes CA 93546, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Margaret & Emmett Hayden Cabin (a few steps from this marker); Old French Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Historic Knight Wheel (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Tavern (approx. 0.8 miles away); Old Mammoth Saloon (approx. 0.8 miles away); Mammoth City (approx. 2.3 miles away); Casa Diablo (approx. 2.7 miles away); The Mammoth Consolidated Gold Mine (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mammoth Lakes.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 30, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 802 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 30, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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