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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serp2000 (39998) 2014-02-04 8:38
This picturesque photo reminds me the Alps. I see this is some old scanned photo. Anyway it is good quality, impressive background. I've found this place on the map of the State.
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Zucca (8) 2014-02-04 8:58
Thanks for your interesting note ! I am quite pleased with what remains from Bennetville, the old wood structures, the place and the view over the summits covered with snow have a lot of charm.
Have a nice afternoon,
dta (66594) 2014-02-04 9:07
hello Ray ,
Excellent presentation of this superb old wooden buildings , with an opening to the snowy mountains in the bG .
well done .
aliabazari (15437) 2014-02-04 9:42
Hi Ray Dear
A record of the house. Very cute and lovely, one of America's national symbol.
Thanks for sharing
Noel_Byrne (24269) 2014-02-04 9:48
I love the phrase ghost town, and would love to see one someday. We don't really have them here, so its an exotic treat for me to see them! And you captured this well, the background is beautiful with its impressive mountain scape and vivid blue sky, but the dark areas inside the buildings would make me stop and wonder what is inside. These buildings look to be in very good condition too, I would have thought wooden structures would have long ago decayed!
Thanks as always for a fascinating post and note.
emilbo (22604) 2014-02-04 14:12
Très intéressantes ces deux bâtisses qui sont demeurées là après la fermeture de ;la mine. J'aime beaucoup le fond de montagnes enneigées. Belle présentation accompagnée d'une excellente note et un parfait rendu des couleurs.
Toutes mes amitiés,
nikkitta (14852) 2014-02-04 16:14
Last time I was in a place like this was in Siberia, Rusia, wooden houses very similar at this ones
Good composition with the snow covered mountains at the back
Informative note, also
Cheers and greetings
elenimavrandoni (14249) 2014-02-04 17:09
Ray, here is a picture that I really like and is typical of the mountains..lovely color and a great mountain range background!! nicely done!!
PS: I sail often in the Channel islands up in Ventura with some friends who have a marvelous sailing boat. The Bill of Rights unfortunately is not for private sailing so all I can do is to admire it sitting there..
fabbs99 (16167) 2014-02-04 22:50
Brilliant shot of the log houses and the beautiful scenery in the BG.Very well captured with good lightings and sharpness.Very well done.TFS.
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-02-05 4:05
the wooden huts make very nice object for the foreground and their colors contrast finely with the snow capped peaks in the distance. Very nice and bright blue sky adds some color and makes pretty background for the whole scene. The trees bring some life and make the whole composition more complete.
Well handled light, colors and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day
kato (11630) 2014-02-05 22:47
You're capturing well this place by a good angle and excellent tone, so it's interesting and impressive to see the old wooden huts for assay office, and Sierra Mountain with snow and steep cliff in baxk. Considering the situation which changes to the present trek road from a mining road, I feel change of a time.
PaulVDV (22129) 2014-02-06 11:20
Although the houses have been abandoned, their wooden walls, doors and window shutters and their brown colour give the picture a warm feel in this winter landscape.
Best regards, Paul