Monoville, California

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Monoville is a former settlement in Mono County, California.[1] It was located about 12 miles (19 km) south-southeast of Bridgeport.[1]

In 1859, gold was discovered at Monoville.[1] A conduit was constructed to divert water from Virginia Creek to aid hydraulic mining operations.[1] This canal, termed the Mono Canal, was at its time the only such project in the county, and cost $75,000 to build.[2]

A post office operated at Monoville from 1859 to 1862.[1] At its peak, Monoville had a population over 1,000.[2] By 1868, however, the town was abandoned and such buildings as remained were in ruins by neglect and lack or repair after heavy snowfalls.[2]

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 1202. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  2. ^ a b c Cronise, Titus Fey (1868). The Natural Wealth of California: Comprising Early History; Geography, Topography, and Scenery; Climate; Agriculture and Commercial Products; Geology, Zoology, and Botany; Mineralogy, Mines, and Mining Processes; Manufactures; Steamship Lines, Railroads, and Commerce; Immigration, Population and Society; Educational Institutions and Literature; Together with a Detailed Description of Each County; Its Topography, Scenery, Cities and Towns, Agricultural Advantages, Mineral Resources, and Varied Productions. H.H. Bancroft & Company. p. 281.

Coordinates: 38°12′35″N 119°10′34″W / 38.20972°N 119.17611°W / 38.20972; -119.17611