Bennettville, California

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Bennettville (originally, Bennett City and Tioga) is a former settlement and ghost town in Mono County, California.[1] It was located on Mine Creek 4 mi (6.4 km) east-southeast of Mount Conness.[1]

History[edit]

Mining began at the place in 1860.[1] The first mine was renamed Tioga, when the Great Sierra Consolidated Mining Company bought it.[1] By 1878, there were many mines in the Tioga district.[1] The mining remnants form part of the Great Sierra Mine Historic Site.

The Tioga post office operated from 1880 to 1881.[1] The Bennettville post office operated from 1882 to 1884,[1] that were Bennetville's growth era.[2] The name honored Thomas Bennett, a mining company president.[1] The mining company transported tons of equipment to the site and spent $300,000 developing the town, but no gold of consequence was produced.[2] Bennettville was a ghost town by 1890.[2]

Ruins[edit]

The remnants of Bennettville consist of two commemorative plaques and two buildings on a hilltop, an assay office and a bunkhouse both of which were restored in 1993.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 1146. ISBN 9781884995149. 
  2. ^ a b c d Varney, Philip; Drew, John and Susan (2001). Ghost Towns of Northern California: Your Guide to Ghost Towns & Historic Mining Camps. Stillwater, Minnesota: Voyageur Press. p. 148. ISBN 0896584445. 

Coordinates: 37°56′15″N 119°15′38″W / 37.93750°N 119.26056°W / 37.93750; -119.26056