Near Lee Vining in Mono County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
From Scrubland to Ranchland
Ranch owners were entrepreneurs: Louis W. De Chambeau, the owner of this ranch, raised pigs and herded sheep, which were then slaughtered for meat that was sold or bartered. De Chambeau grew hay to feed cattle and had a hay baler that he leased to other families. Growing up in Canada, he was a fine woodworker and in the winter manufactured skis that he sold to the local community.
As remote as this ranch feels, it and other local ranches played an important role in the mining boom of the late nineteenth century in the Eastern Sierra. Without the produce and meat provided by the De Chambeau ranch and others, mining could not have taken place.
Erected by Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service.
Location. 38° 2.871′ N, 119° 5.756′ W. Marker is near Lee Vining, California, in Mono County. Marker can be reached from 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. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The De Chamber Family (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. 5.3 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 196 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 4, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.