Lee Vining in Mono County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Sheriﬀ James P. Dolan
Outraged by the shooting of Sheriff Dolan, the citizens of Mono County quickly formed a Sheriff’s posse which tracked the outlaws to a location near the Mono Craters. Justice was served when both outlaws were killed in a shootout with possemen. A coroner’s inquest determined “Death caused by resisting arrest by duly constituted representatives of the sheriff’s office.”
Sheriff Dolan, the 15th lawman to serve that office since the formation of Mono County, made the ultimate sacrifice with the fearless determination which had been entrusted to him by the citizens of Mono County.
By Martin A. Strelneck
Sheriff – Mono County
Erected 1993 by E Clampus Vitus - Bodie Chapter.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 37° 58.604′ N, 119° 8.064′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lee Vining CA 93541, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Upside-Down House ( approx. 1.5 miles away); Lee Vining ( approx. 1.7 miles away); Mono Lake ( approx. 2.4 miles away); Grave of Adeline Carson Stilts ( approx. 2.5 miles away); Avalanche of 1911 ( approx. 5.3 miles away); From Scrubland to Ranchland ( approx. 5.3 miles away); The De Chamber Family ( approx. 5.4 miles away); De Chambeau Ranch ( approx. 5.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lee Vining.
More about this marker. The marker is several hundred feet off of I-395, at the top of the parking lot for Mono Lake Tufa State Reserve. Although on the map the turnoff may be called Picnic Grounds Road, on I-395 it may actually simply be signed for the Tufa Reserve.
Regarding Sheriff James P. Dolan. The Mono County Historical Society 2008 Newsletter on "Law and Order" had this to say about Sheriff Dolan:
"James P. Dolan successfully ran for Sheriff of Mono County in 1906. He was born in Michigan, but was raised in Bodie. Dolan was a rancher, assayer, outdoorsman, and spoke Paiute.
On Sunday morning, July 25, 1915, Sheriff Dolan was called to the Filosena Ranch to investigate the rape of a girl by two armed Mexican Nationals. Dolan and Frank Waltze drove to the Hammond Store (now the Tioga Lodge on US 395) to meet witnesses.
While there, Dolan saw the suspects walking to Lee Vining Creek. Waltze drove the Sheriff down the road and parked, pretending to have car trouble. Dolan got out of the car armed with a 45 pistol, tucked in his belt. He walked to the men, announced himself, and ordered them to surrender. The two suspects drew their weapons, firing on the Sheriff simultaneously. Dolan tried to return fire, but his pistol jammed. Dolan stumbled into the brush, while the suspects fled.
Dolan was taken to Hammonds store where doctors from Bridgeport, Bishop, Carson City, and Reno eventually responded and performed emergency surgery. Dolan was able to describe his attackers while he was conscious. The suspects were tracked down later that day, and were shot dead when they resisted arrest. Sheriff James P. Dolan died early the next day, and was buried at Bridgeport Cemetery."
Also see . . .
1. Officer Down Memorial Page for Sheriff Dolan. (Submitted on September 13, 2008.)
2. The California Department of Parks and Recreation's Web Page for Mono Lake Tufa State Reserve. (Submitted on September 13, 2008.)
3. The California Peace Officers' Memorial Web Site. (Submitted on September 13, 2008.)
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