Photographer's Note

Before Yosemite's 'High Country' Tioga Pass Road there was "The Great Sierra Wagon Road" built in 1883. Gold and Silver mining fever had reached the Sierra Nevada in the region west of Lee Vining. The Great Sierra Consolidated Silver Company needed a dirt road crossing the mountains from the west to their mining operations. The result was a dirt road to reach their base camp at Bennetville.

Today you can drive over the highest Sierra Mountain pass road, Tioga Pass Road, Highway 120 which has been realigned in places from the old dirt mining road but still the basic path.

In this image is the remaining two Bennetville structures, on the left the assay office and in the back the stable. Bennetville can be reached by a picturesque jaunt from the Junction Campground, hiking up Mine Creek for one mile.

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Ray Anderson (photoray) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 982 W: 1 N: 2467] (10107)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 1998-06-00
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-02-04 6:38
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