Lundy, California

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Lundy
Unincorporated community
Lundy is located in California
Lundy
Lundy
Location in California
Coordinates: 38°01′39″N 119°14′30″W / 38.02750°N 119.24167°W / 38.02750; -119.24167Coordinates: 38°01′39″N 119°14′30″W / 38.02750°N 119.24167°W / 38.02750; -119.24167
Country United States
State California
County Mono County
Elevation[1] 7,858 ft (2,395 m)

Lundy (formerly Mill Creek) is a defunct community in Mono County, California, United States, located on Mill Creek in Lundy Canon near the west end of Lundy Lake.[2] It is situated at an elevation of 7858 feet (2395 m).[1] It was named after W.J. Lundy who operated a sawmill near Lundy Lake. The sawmill was a major timber producer for the nearby town of Bodie, California.[3] Lundy also had a mining camp that was established in 1879.[2] The Lundy post office ran from 1880-1914.[2]

Like many gold rush camps, Lundy is now defunct. The building of a dam raised Lundy Lake, and part of the site where the community once stood is now submerged.[3]

Lundy is now a popular fishing resort. Electricity is provided via a small generator and facilities are rather primitive. Besides the main lake there are also three lakes accessible only by hiking and several beaver ponds. One of the popular attractions is the "Indian Rock" which is a large bolder painted with the portrait of an Indian chief in a full head dress near the first of the beaver ponds. Controversy has been attached to the rock due to people who were repainting it choosing their own color scheme instead of using the colors the original artist used. Pictures of the rock from when it was first painted or at least before it was repainted in the wrong colors are highly sought after to help restore the original color scheme.

When driving into Lundy canyon one can see the last grave of what was once a large cemetery. One section of Lundy Lake is called Stagecoach Corner as a stagecoach missed the sharp turn and ended up plummeting into the lake. Many years ago scuba divers confirmed this myth by finding the stagecoach, preserved by the icy cold waters of the lake, lying on its side.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lundy, California
  2. ^ a b c Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 1181. ISBN 978-1-884995-14-9. 
  3. ^ a b Russel, Carl P. (1928). Early Mining Excitements East of Yosemite 13. San Francisco: Sierra Club Bulletin. 

External links[edit]

U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lundy, California