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

The Tavern

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, October 23, 2011
1. The Tavern Marker
Inscription.  The first resort facility in “New Mammoth” opened in spring 1938 by entrepreneur and pioneer residents – Frank Penny, Jr. and wife (Nora “Bob” Penny). Known as Penney’s Tavern, it would serve as the social center of the town of Mammoth Lakes for over 40 years.

For its time, “The Tavern” (as it was locally known) was a full service modern destination resort consisting of – restaurant, bar, general store, motel, rental cabins, large lobby and a dormitory/multipurpose room. After WW II, it was sold and over the next several years went through a succession of owners during which it was renamed the “Mammoth Tavern”. In 1973 the land was purchased to make way for a shopping mall. By the the [sic] late 1970s many of its buildings had been moved and reused for other commercial or residential purposes.

During its heyday, if you needed to find a friend or family member, you could always find them at – The Tavern.
 
Erected 2006 by E Clampus Vitus, Bodie Chapter No. 64/Town of Mammoth Lakes, Dept of Parks and Recreation
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By Barry Swackhamer, October 23, 2011
2. The Tavern Marker
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1938.
 
Location. 37° 38.803′ N, 118° 57.963′ W. Marker is in Mammoth Lakes, California, in Mono County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Mammoth Road and Main Street (California Highway 203) on Old Mammoth Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3043 Old Mammoth Road, 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. Old Mammoth Saloon (approx. 0.3 miles away); Old French Trail (approx. ¾ mile away); Temple of Folly (approx. 0.8 miles away); Margaret & Emmett Hayden Cabin (approx. 0.8 miles away); Historic Knight Wheel (approx. 1.1 miles away); The White Fence at Old Mammoth (approx. 2.3 miles away); Mammoth City (approx. 2.7 miles away); Casa Diablo (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mammoth Lakes.
 
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The Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 23, 2011
3. The Tavern Marker
Penney's Tavern image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 24, 2011
4. Penney's Tavern
Photo by Burton Flasher, from the Dave McCoy Collection.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 30, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 798 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 30, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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