Temple of Folly

Temple of Folly (HMXSO)

Location: Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 Mono County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 38.111', W 118° 57.785'

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During the heyday of Lake Mining District (1877-1881) there emerged one premiere drinking establishment - The Temple of Folly. It was the brainchild of Andrew J Murphy, who in October 1879 purchased the clothing store of Reinstien & Wolf, located on Main Street in the center of Mammoth City, transforming it into a first class saloon and resort. "Rock & rye" was its specialty drink, quoted to be a guaranteed remedy for all coughs and colds. Other noted amenities include a reading room and circulating library (stocked with books from Murphy's private collection).

Unfortunately, within a few months, the local mines faltered and on November 14, 1880, a devastating fire destroyed half the town forcing Murphy to relocate to Bishop, where he opened a new Temple of Folly.

Although its existence was brief, Mammoth's Temple of Folly typified the pioneer spirit of those first residents on the eastern Sierras and will forever be associated with the first days of Mammoth Lakes.

Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series
Year Placed2008
Placed ByE Clampus Vitus, Bodie Chapter No. 64
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Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 4:51am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 326787 N 4167151
Decimal Degrees37.63518333, -118.96308333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 38.111', W 118° 57.785'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 38' 6.66" N, 118° 57' 47.10" W
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Area Code(s)760
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5489 Mammoth Creek Rd, Mammoth Lakes CA 93546, US
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