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June Lake in Mono County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Legend of June Lake Slot Machines

 
 
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By Lester J Letson, September 11, 2010
1. Legend of June Lake Slot Machines Marker
Inscription. During the 1930's in central Mono County, demand for gaming entertainment skyrocketed with the influx of hundreds of employees working on the Mono Basin Project. To accommodate the workers, many local bars and cafes installed slot machines. Although illegal, there use in Mono County thrived for many years. Unfortunately, upon completion of the aqueduct in 1941 and transfer of all workers, demand for this activity diminished. Within a few years most slot machines were voluntarily removed. It was rumored that the last slot machines were hastily dumped into June Lake in the middle of the night by local merchants in response to an imminent raid by the State Revenue Agents, however, the legend of the slot machines did not end there. Over the years, numerous attempts to locate them by special cold water dive teams failed. Although no one has inserted a coin into one and pulled the handle, many people still gamble on hitting the jackpot and finding those "one armed bandits" at the bottom of June Lake, forever lost? Time will tell.
 
Erected 2010 by Bodie Chapter 64, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 47.95′ N, 119° 3.819′ W.
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By Lester J Letson, September 11, 2010
2. Legend of June Lake Slot Machines Marker
Marker is shaped like a slot machine with an actual slot handle, reels, slot, light, and catch bin. The reels have been replaced by Bodie Chapter of E Clampus Vitus brass belt buckles.
Marker is in June Lake, California, in Mono County. Marker is at the intersection of Garbage Pit Road and June Lake Loop (California Route 158), on the left when traveling west on Garbage Pit Road. Touch for map. The marker is located at the parking lot at the South end of the June Lake Loop, three miles in from Highway 395. If you take the North end entry of June Lake Loop, you will have a long leisurely drive around the lake to get to the marker. Marker is in this post office area: June Lake CA 93529, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Carsonís Camp (approx. 1.8 miles away); June Lake Mining District (approx. 1.9 miles away); West Portal (approx. 3 miles away); Legend of Deadman (approx. 5.6 miles away); Grave of the Unknown Prospector (approx. 6.2 miles away); Lost Cement Mine (approx. 7 miles away); Mono Mills (approx. 8.3 miles away); a different marker also named Mono Mills (approx. 8.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in June Lake.
 
More about this marker. The Marker itself is shaped like a slot machine and has belt buckles belonging to three deceased members of the Bodie Chapter of E Clampus Vitus showing on the slot reels.
 
Regarding Legend of June Lake Slot Machines. The rest of the legend is that the slot
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By Barry Swackhamer, October 23, 2011
3. Legend of June Lake Slot Machines Marker
machines were dumped in such a haste, they were not emptied. They are thought to hold a small fortune in old silver dollars.
 
Categories. EntertainmentIndustry & Commerce
 
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By Lester J Letson, September 11, 2010
4. Legend of June Lake Slot Machines Marker
Members of E Clampus Vitus gather for the dedication of the marker. June Lake itself is beyond the pine trees in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 5, 2010, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. This page has been viewed 1,908 times since then and 68 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week April 22, 2012. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 5, 2010, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California.   3. submitted on October 27, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   4. submitted on November 5, 2010, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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