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

Preserving Special Places

 
 
Preserving Special Places Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 10, 2009
1. Preserving Special Places Marker
Photo captions:
Upper left:

The efforts of Walter L. Huber (above), University of California Professor Joseph LeConte, and Sierra Club President William Colby led to the designation of the national monument.
Upper right:
In 1925, Superintendent W. B. Lewis of Yosemite visited Devils Postpile with the hopes of returning the area to the park. 1n 1933, management was returned to the National Park Service.
Inscription. Devils Postpile stands not only as an unusual geologic wonder but as a monument to the visionary efforts of a dedicated conservationist. In 1910, under U.S. Forest Service management, engineer Walter L. Huber received an application from mining interests to blast the formation and dam the river. Huber sparked a campaign that succeeded in blocking the application and led to the designation of Devils Postpile National Monument in 1911. Since then, other citizens have worked with the National Park Service in its ongoing effort to protect the special scientific and recreational values of this area.

It is a remarkable example of basaltic columns, the finest, I believe, in America
Professor Joseph LeConte, 1909.

(Inscription relating to the main photograph)
James M. Hutchings took this photo of Devils Postpile in 1875 when he led an expedition from Yosemite Valley to Mount Whitney. Appreciation of this geological wonder led to its inclusion in Yosemite National Park in 1890.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 37.464′ N, 119° 5.064′ W. Marker is near Mammoth Lakes, California, in Mono County. Marker can be reached from Minaret Road (California Route 203). Touch for map
The Devils Postpile image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 10, 2009
2. The Devils Postpile
. The Devils Postpile National Monument is approximately 13 miles west of the town of Mammoth Lakes. Marker is in this post office area: Mammoth Lakes CA 93546, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dave McCoy (approx. 3.2 miles away); Mammoth City (approx. 4.7 miles away); The Mammoth Consolidated Gold Mine (approx. 5.7 miles away); Historic Knight Wheel (approx. 6.1 miles away); Old French Trail (approx. 6.5 miles away); The Tavern (approx. 6.7 miles away); Temple of Folly (approx. 6.7 miles away); Margaret & Emmett Hayden Cabin (approx. 6.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mammoth Lakes.
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
Devils Postpile image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 10, 2009
3. Devils Postpile
Sign at the Ranger Station image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 10, 2009
4. Sign at the Ranger Station
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 3, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 286 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 3, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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