Bridgeport in Mono County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
First Bridgeport Courthouse
With the relocation of the county seat to Bridgeport in 1864, a new courthouse was needed. A survey of the town revealed only one suitable building – the American Hotel (owned by J. C. Kingsley). Subsequently the hotel was purchased by Mono County and converted into a courthouse, which also housed the offices of all county officials until it was replaced by a larger and more modern facility in 1881.
Many a “Badman from Bodie” saw justice in this courthouse during its tenure (1864-1881). One noteworthy trial resulted in the death penalty, when Chow Yew was convicted of murder on December 12, 1878.
Although, today, only remnants can be found of the first Bridgeport Courthouse, it made a lasting contribution to the legal legacy of Mono County.
Dedicated September 10, 2005
Bodie Chapter No. 64
E Clampus Vitus
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 38° 15.432′ N, 119° 13.397′ W. Marker is in Bridgeport, California, in Mono County. Marker is on Court Street 0.1 miles from California Route 182, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bridgeport CA 93517, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Bridgeport Inn" (approx. ¼ mile away); Frontier Justice (approx. ¼ mile away); Old County Jail (approx. ¼ mile away); Bridgeport Chronicle-Union (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mono County Court House (approx. 0.3 miles away); "The Irwin" (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mono County Memorial Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bridgeport Elementary School (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bridgeport.
Regarding First Bridgeport Courthouse. Mono County was formed by the California legislature in 1861 with Aurora as the county seat. The first Mono County Courthouse was in a brick building located there. In September 1863, however, the “Sage Brush Survey” determined that Aurora was, in fact, just across the border in Nevada. Currently a ghost town, Aurora is
Choosing to have a California town as the Mono County seat, the county offices were moved to Bridgeport. The only suitable building existing at the time to house the second Mono County Courthouse was the American Hotel (owned by J. C. Kingsley). No remnants of this first Bridgeport Courthouse, (the second Mono County Courthouse) remain to be seen.
The third Mono County Courthouse, an imposing Italianate structure on Main Street in Bridgeport, is the second oldest continuously-used courthouse in California.
Ceramic models of all three courthouses are located in the Mono County Library on School Street.
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 25, 2008, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,935 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 25, 2008, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. 3. submitted on September 23, 2010, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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