Yosemite National Park in Tuolumne County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Yosemite Ghost Mines
Buildings of the Past
Five log cabins mark the location of the Golden Crown and Ella Bloss mines near Mono Pass. This windswept site was established in 1879 during the Tioga silver boom that also produced Bennettville and the Great Sierra Mine near Tioga Pass. Significant wealth was predicted, but around 1890, the mines were abandoned.
A Past Preserved
The cabins are increasingly fragile reminders of mining on the Sierra crest. Please help preserve these valuable historic resources by not using them as campsites or fire shelters. It is illegal to damage, deface, or remove archeological objects or features from federal lands.
Erected by Yosemite Fund.
Location. 37° 53.464′ N, 119° 15.755′ W. Marker is in Yosemite National Park, California, in Tuolumne County. Marker is on Tioga Pass Road (Route 120), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Yosemite National Park CA 95389, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other Tioga Pass Road (approx. 1.4 miles away); Bennettville (approx. 3.3 miles away); Would-Be Miners and Occasional Tourists (approx. 4 miles away); a different marker also named The Tioga Pass Road (approx. 4 miles away); Parsons Memorial Lodge (approx. 5.8 miles away); Lee Vining (approx. 9 miles away); Upside-Down House (approx. 9.1 miles away); Sheriff James P. Dolan (approx. 9.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yosemite National Park.
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Mono Pass Trail parking area.
Also see . . .
1. Golden Crown Mine - National Park Service. As early as 1860, prospectors explored Mono Pass in search of gold and silver deposits. Here, among the glacially carved granite and craggy peaks of the Sierra crest, these hardy men discovered silver deposits and went to work in hopes of fortune. The Golden Crown Mine was established in 1879 by Orlando Fuller during the Tioga silver boom that also produced Bennettville and the Great Sierra Mine near Tioga Pass. (Submitted on May 28, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
2. Golden Crown Mine - Starbuck's Exploring. The Golden Crown mine is up at 10,640′ along the Sierra crest in Yosemite National Park. The hike to get up there is a nice 3.7 mile and 950′ hike to the mine, which is right at Mono Pass. The views of Mono Lake from this high vantage point are pretty nice.
This article has some excellent photographs of the Mono Pass area. (Submitted on May 28, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 28, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 315 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 28, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.