West Portal

West Portal (HM54F)

Location: Wisconsin Dells, CA 53965 Mono County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 50.549', W 119° 4.065'

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East of this site was located West Portal, the largest of 4 'camps' or company towns, built in 1934 by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for employees and their families who worked on the Mono Basin Project. At the height of construction, the town had over 200 residents and 26 buildings. And for its time, it had many 'modern' conveniences - telephones, electricity, gas, mail service, paved roads, water and sewer systems (a metropolis by Mono County standards). By 1941 the project was completed and within a few years the town was abandoned. Although its existence was brief, West Portal made a lasting contribution to the development of Mono County. Today, its remnants can be seen near the base of the Mono Craters.
HM NumberHM54F
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series
Year Placed1997
Placed ByThe Bodie Chapter No. 64, E Clampus Vitus; the U.S. Forest Service, Mono Lake Ranger District; and the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
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Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 3:38pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 318059 N 4190353
Decimal Degrees37.84248333, -119.06775000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 50.549', W 119° 4.065'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 50' 32.94" N, 119° 4' 3.90" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near N8794 W Portal Rd, Wisconsin Dells CA 53965, US
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