Mono Mills, California

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Mono Mills
Former settlement
Not much remains of Mono Mills
Not much remains of Mono Mills
Mono Mills is located in California
Mono Mills
Mono Mills
Location in California
Mono Mills is located in the United States
Mono Mills
Mono Mills
Mono Mills (the United States)
Coordinates: 37°53′15″N 118°57′34″W / 37.88750°N 118.95944°W / 37.88750; -118.95944Coordinates: 37°53′15″N 118°57′34″W / 37.88750°N 118.95944°W / 37.88750; -118.95944
CountryUnited States
CountyMono County
Elevation7,356 ft (2,242 m)

Mono Mills (also, Mono)[2] is a ghost town[3] in Mono County, California.[1] It is located 9.5 miles (15 km) east-southeast of Lee Vining,[2] at an elevation of 7356 feet (2242 m).[1] Mono Mills has nearly vanished. Its site is along California State Route 120, 9.1 miles (15 km) east from the junction with U.S. Route 395.[3]


Mono Mills started as a lumber camp that supplied Bodie's mines.[2] The first sawmill was built in 1880.[2] In 1881, a narrow-gauge railroad, Bodie & Benton Railway, was built from Mono Mills to Bodie.[3] At its peak, Mono Mills shipped almost 45,000 cords of wood per year.[3]



  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Mono Mills, California
  2. ^ 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. 1186. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ 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. 135. ISBN 0896584445.

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