Avalanche of 1911

Avalanche of 1911 (HMXT0)

Location: Lee Vining, CA 93541 Mono County
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N 38° 2.956', W 119° 9.848'

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Not far from this site, in the early morning hours of March 7, 1911, a massive avalanche roared down the east slop of Copper Mountain and wiped out the town of Jordan. Eight people were killed including Robert Mason, the chief engineer of the power plant. Only his wife and dog survived.
This snow slide was the worst of several occurring, in and around, Mono County during the winter of 1910-11. Rescuers coming from Bodie and Lee Vining were forced to travel by snowshoes or skis as all roads were impassable. Additionally, contact with other communities was severed as all telephone lines were down. It took several days to locate and identify all the victims. Most were later buried in a nearby cemetery.
This event was also the death knell for a town slowly recovering from a financial disaster (closure of the local mines, businesses and post office in 1903). Today remnants of foundations, miscellaneous debris and 8 headstones stand as silent reminders of one of the most devastating events in Mono County history.
HM NumberHMXT0
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series
Year Placed2011
Placed ByE Clampus Vitus, Bodie Chapter No. 64
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Date Added Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 12:45am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 310111 N 4213492
Decimal Degrees38.04926667, -119.16413333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 2.956', W 119° 9.848'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 2' 57.36" N, 119° 9' 50.88" W
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Area Code(s)760
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 31 Mill Creek Powerhouse Rd, Lee Vining CA 93541, US
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