Near Lee Vining in Mono County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The De Chamber Family
Only a few people struck it rich in California's second gold rush, and Bodie proved to be too much of a big city for the De Chambeau family. They settled in the Mono Basin, intermarried with other ranching families, and worked the property for two generations.
The De Chambeau family was self-sufficient except for a few staples such as sugar and salt they bought from the Hammond general store, which is now the Tioga Lodge on Hwy 395. Their beds were stuffed with feathers from Mono Lake ducks and if they had sore throats, they gargled with Mono Lake water. For Christmas, they enjoyed homemade gifts and sometimes had the treat of an exotic orange in their stockings.
Erected by Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service.
Location. 38° 2.889′ N, 119° 5.753′ W. Marker is near Lee Vining, California, in Mono County. Marker is on Cemetery Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lee Vining CA 93541, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. From Scrubland to Ranchland (within shouting distance of this marker); De Chambeau Ranch (within shouting distance of this marker); Avalanche of 1911 (approx. 3.7 miles away); Grave of Adeline Carson Stilts (approx. 4.2 miles away); Mono Diggins (approx. 4.8 miles away); Sheriff James P. Dolan (approx. 5.4 miles away); Upside-Down House (approx. 6.3 miles away); Lee Vining (approx. 6½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lee Vining.
More about this marker. This marker is located at the De Chambeau Ranch. Access is by heading south from Cemetery Road on an unnamed dirt road.
Categories. • Agriculture • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 4, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 243 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 4, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.