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LUNDY CALIFORNIA
Mining Camp to Campground

Occupied Historic Town
Mono County            
Circa 1879 to Present

WJ Lundy founded a lumber mill near here to supply much needed lumber to nearby Bodie. A camp consisting of mostly mill employees soon formed high above Lundy Lake and increased in size as did the mills success. In 1879 three prospectors discovered gold nearby and a town soon sprouted on the west side of Lundy Lake. People arrived daily as word of the gold discovery spread. Lundy thrived in to a large and successful mining town boasting several large town establishments like saloons, stores, boarding houses, and even a china town. Before long the May Lundy Mine, named after the daughter of WJ Lundy, was organized and mining operations had begun with a shaft located at an elevation of 9,000 feet above Lundy Lake. A mill was erected by the Crystal Lake Mining Company a little South and East of the mine site above, and connected it by aerial tram.

By 1884 the ore played out and all mining operations had suspended. There were some attempts to resume mining operations in to the early 1920’s, however, none were considered successful. In March 1911 a double avalanche wiped out the East section of town as well as the hydroelectric plant and the Jordan Settlement located on the opposite side of Copper Mountain. Remains include some mining equipment and a couple of old cabins located at the West campground on the west side of Lundy Lake where the original town site was situated. Hiking up the gated forest service road located at the far East end of Lundy lake will take you 3 strenuous up hill miles to the mill site. . A West bound trail from the mill site will take you to the May Lundy mine site. The mill site contains ruins and a couple of old cabins that probably served as residences by mill employees. There are also ruins located at the May Lundy Mine site.

 

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Cabin located at west campground probably served as a residence some time ago

 

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