“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)

The White Fence at Old Mammoth

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1. The White Fence at Old Mammoth Marker
This white picket fence surrounding a solitary headstone is a reminder of the hardships and sacrifices made by the early settlers of the Lake Mining District and, of enduring love and kindness.
The wife of pioneer Bryant M. Townsend - Julia, mother of three children, tragically perished during the severe winter of 1882. Sadly, the deep snow and frozen ground prevented a proper burial until spring.
Family accounts tell that her ultimate dream was to live in a home with a white picket fence. Although her devoted husband could not provide this during her lifetime, he built one to surround her eternal resting place.
Over the years, the white picket fence has been repainted and maintained by kind souls in remembrance of this pioneer woman who gave her all during the early days of Mono County. And, as a silent marker for all those whose final resting place is know only to God.
Erected 2015 by Bodie Chapter No. 64 E Clampus Vitus.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites.
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2. The White Fence at Old Mammoth Marker
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In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list.
Location. 37° 37.226′ N, 118° 59.502′ W. Marker is in Mammoth Lakes, California, in Mono County. Marker is on Old Mammoth Road, on the left when traveling south. Marker is next to the dirt pullout/parking area. Touch for map. 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 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mammoth City (approx. 0.4 miles away); Historic Knight Wheel (approx. 1.2 miles away); Old French Trail (approx. 1.7 miles away); Margaret & Emmett Hayden Cabin (approx. 1.9 miles away); Temple of Folly (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Mammoth Consolidated Gold Mine (approx. 2 miles away); The Tavern (approx. 2.3 miles away); Old Mammoth Saloon (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mammoth Lakes.
Also see . . .  Mrs. Townsend of Mammoth City. Explore California History website entry (Submitted on March 15, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 15, 2022. It was originally submitted on October 22, 2019, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. This page has been viewed 375 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 22, 2019.   2. submitted on October 30, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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Feb. 4, 2023