6 June 2006: Bishop to Benton (continued), CAWe pick up at the Mono county line in California, but first, as promised, the remainder of the itinerary. From the 17th through the 24th I'll be visiting friends in the Northeast, and after that a varied return path.
At this point, my I-20 leg begins. This will only be lightly photographed as well, but I'll start on that next entry since y'all are probably just after the photography so far anyway. :)
Mono county line (US 6 only travels a few miles in Inyo, as the postmiles demonstrate).
Mono is named for its famous lake, which in turn is named for the local Indian tribe. I talk a little more about the history of Mono county in US 395, Part 6; you can see the famous Mono Lake in US 395, Part 8.
The name probably comes from Wm A. Chalfant, local community booster, author of The Story of Inyo (a major tome on the history of the Owens Valley) and, with his father P. A. Chalfant, the editor of the local Inyo Register newspaper. Both Chalfants made it their business to preserve the life of the Owens Valley at any cost, and that meant double for the City of Los Angeles and their agents who were scouting the area for water rights (Chief Engineer William Mulholland, overseeing the Los Angeles-Owens River Aqueduct, was a particular target of their editorial barrage). Along with such community service, Chalfant did significant work on historical preservation, much of which was published in the paper as well, and later became the basis of his books. Chalfant followed Inyo, written in 1921, with several volumes of local history (much of which was originally published in the Register) up until his death in 1943; his last work, Gold, Guns and Ghosttowns, was published posthumously in 1947. Here is a nice selection of W. A. Chalfant's works.
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