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

Convict Lake

 
 
Convict Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karen Key, October 8, 2006
1. Convict Lake Marker
Inscription.  Convict Lake and Creek are so named as the result of an encounter here September 17, 1871, between Robert Morrison, Benton Merchant and member of a posse of citizens, and three convicts who had escaped from the Carson City, Nevada, State Penitentiary. Morrison encountered the convicts on present Convict Creek, then known as Monte Diablo Creek. Morrison was killed and the convicts escaped. Other members of the posse captured the fugitives in Round Valley. They were taken to Bishop where two of the convicts were hanged. The third, a youth of 19, was returned to the Carson Prison. The Indians are said to have called Convict Lake Wit-Sa-Nap.

Dedicated September 21, 1974
Bodie Chapter, E Clampus Vitus
Mono County Board of Supervisors

 
Erected 1974 by Bodie Chapter, E Clampus Vitus and Mono County Board of Supervisors.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list.
 
Location.
Convict Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karen Key, October 8, 2006
2. Convict Lake Marker
37° 35.687′ N, 118° 51.115′ W. Marker is near Mammoth Lakes, California, in Mono County. Marker is on Convict Lake Road west of U.S. 395, on the right when traveling west. 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 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tragedy at Convict Lake (within shouting distance of this marker); McGee Mountain Rope Tow #34 (approx. 3.3 miles away); Casa Diablo (approx. 4.7 miles away); Crowley Lake (approx. 5.6 miles away); Margaret & Emmett Hayden Cabin (approx. 6.7 miles away); Temple of Folly (approx. 6.7 miles away); Old French Trail (approx. 6.9 miles away); Old Mammoth Saloon (approx. 7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mammoth Lakes.
 
Convict Lake image. Click for full size.
By Karen Key, October 8, 2006
3. Convict Lake
Convict Lake image. Click for full size.
By Nina Sunseri, January 20, 2007
4. Convict Lake
Ice skaters (to the right) are enjoying a frozen Convict Lake.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 31, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 18, 2006, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 24,413 times since then and 572 times this year. Last updated on June 12, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. It was the Marker of the Week July 22, 2007. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 18, 2006, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.   4. submitted on February 7, 2007, by Nina Sunseri of Ridgecrest, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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