Dog Town, California

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For the community in Amador County formerly with this name, see Bunker Hill, Amador County, California. For other uses, see Dogtown (disambiguation).
Dog Town
Ghost town
Site of Dog Town
Site of Dog Town
Dog Town is located in California
Dog Town
Dog Town
Location in California
Coordinates: 38°10′13″N 119°11′51″W / 38.17028°N 119.19750°W / 38.17028; -119.19750Coordinates: 38°10′13″N 119°11′51″W / 38.17028°N 119.19750°W / 38.17028; -119.19750
Country United States
State California
County Mono County
Elevation[1] 7,057 ft (2,151 m)
Reference No. 792[2]

Dog Town (also, Dogtown and Dogtown Diggings[3]) is a ghost town in Mono County, California.[1] It is located on Dog Creek about 6 miles (10 km) south-southeast of Bridgeport,[3] at an elevation of 7057 feet (2151 m).[1]

Today, Dog Town is a defunct gold rush era town in Mono County, California. It is located at 38°10′13″N 119°11′51″W / 38.1701984°N 119.1973749°W / 38.1701984; -119.1973749, on Dog Creek, near the junction of Clearwater and Virginia Creeks. The town was established in approximately 1857 by Carl Norst as a placer mining camp.[4] By 1859, a group of Mormons had arrived as miners at the site and a mining camp arose.[3] The name "Dogtown" was often applied by miners to camps where living conditions were miserable.[3] Dogtown survived briefly before being abandoned.

Dogtown was the first gold mining camp in the Eastern Sierra Nevada. Although its deposits were minimal, Dogtown did attract attention to the area as a whole, including the subsequent discoveries of much richer gold deposits in nearby areas such as Bodie, Aurora and Masonic.

As of 2005, the surviving remnants of Dogtown are the walls of several stone huts, a few roof timbers, and a single gravesite. The ruins have been mildly vandalized.

The site is registered as California Historical Landmark.[2] A landmark plaque by the side of nearby U.S. Highway 395 marks the location.



  1. ^ a b c "Dog Town". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ a b "Dog Town". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  3. ^ a b c d Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 1160-1161. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  4. ^ Gudde, Erwin (1975). California Gold Camps. Berkeley: University of California Press. pp. 97–98. 

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