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

Mono Mills

 
 
Mono Mills Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, October 23, 2011
1. Mono Mills Marker
Inscription.  To meet the ever increasing demand for lumber and cord wood the Bodie Railway and Lumber Company was formed in February 1881. Timber was harvested from various tracts to the south. It was milled at this site and then shipped to Bodie on the railroad via Warm Springs and Lime Kiln. The sawmill was a two story structure capable of producing 80,000 board feet in a 10 hour shift (when the crew was sober) and was powered by a 16 inch steam engine. With the development of electricity at Green Creek and reduced gold production in Bodie, Aurora and Masonic the demand for lumber and fuel wood diminished and Mono Mills was abandoned in 1917.
 
Erected 1989 by Bodie Chapter No. 64, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNatural ResourcesRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1881.
 
Location. 37° 53.28′ N, 118° 57.619′ W. Marker is near Lee Vining, California, in Mono County. Marker
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is on State Highway 120, 10 miles east of State Highway 395. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lee Vining CA 93541, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Mono Mills (a few steps from this marker); Navy Beach (approx. 4.4 miles away); West Portal (approx. 6.7 miles away); Grave of the Unknown Prospector (approx. 7.1 miles away); Legend of June Lake Slot Machines (approx. 8.3 miles away); Mono Lake (approx. 9.2 miles away); Legend of Deadman (approx. 9.6 miles away); Lee Vining (approx. 9.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lee Vining.
 
Mono Mills Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, October 23, 2011
2. Mono Mills Marker
Mono Lake is visible in the distance.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 29, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 657 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 29, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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