White Mountain City, California

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White Mountain City is a former small mining settlement, now in Inyo County, California. It was founded in 1861 on the east slope of the White Mountains, at the lower reaches of Wyman Creek 2.91 miles north of Deep Springs, in Deep Springs Valley.


White Mountain City and Roachville, settlements east of the White Mountains from Owens Valley, were used for a California election fraud in the fall of 1861. The Warm Springs precinct covering these sparsely populated settlements was populated with an additional 521 voters culled from the passenger list of a steamship that had recently arrived in San Francisco.[1][2]


The site of White Mountain City is on a dirt road east of CA-168, northwest of Deep Springs, near the Nevada border. Today White Mountain City is marked by some ruins.


  1. ^ Willie Arthur Chalfant, The story of Inyo, The Author, 1922. p.193
  2. ^ Mildred Brooke Hoover, Douglas E. Kyle, Historic Spots in California: Fifth Edition, Stanford University Press, 2002, p.122

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Coordinates: 37°24′42″N 117°59′51″W / 37.41165°N 117.99756°W / 37.41165; -117.99756