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Mono Basin Historic
Society And Norm De Chambeau

As explorers and historians we can all appreciate the cooperation of organizations and individuals who dedicate their lives and existence to the preservation of history. On occasion we are fortunate to meet up with those who are not only dedicated to preservation, but are also kind enough to share the history and photos that they have worked so very hard to accumulate over the years. This describes Norm De Chambeau at the Mono Basin Historic Society.  In a tiny historical school house in the heart of Lee Vining California, are kept the secrets of the areas past. Just waiting for those interested to open the door and step in to the past. What makes this historic society so different? Because it was here in the 1800's that the eastward rush for riches over the Sierra's took place. Birthing famous mining towns like Aurora, Bodie and Masonic that we all read so much about.  What about those who supported the ever growing population with much needed beef, fruits and vegetables? What about the horse trainers, freight outfits, stage stations, and those who provided sheep wool and lumber.  This is what the Mono Basin is all about. From its existence inhabited by Indians, to the ranches that supported the boom towns, its rich history, all here waiting to be discovered. Where would those of us who understand the significance of this history be were it not for those so kind enough to share. I urge anyone with the ambition of preserving this history to assist in its resources by donating to: The Mono Basin Historic Society 760-647-6461

www.oldschoolhousemuseum.com

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