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 When I first read the field notes of Annie Alexander and Louise Kellogg, I was fascinated by the descriptions they wrote about the places they went and the plants and animals they found there. By publishing my field notes on the Internet I hope to follow a little bit in their tradition.
 

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Locations: Tioga Lodge.  

Tioga Pass Buried in 50 Ft. of Debris

Lee Vining (Mono County). July 23 -- The historic Tioga Lodge on the edge of Mono Lake near here lost five buildings when cloudbursts swept along a torrent of rocks and debris that also blocked a five-mile stretch of the Tioga Pass Highway 12 miles away.

The famed highway, “back door” entrance to Yosemite National Park, lay buried for long stretches under 50 feet of earth and boulders.

State highway crews, most of whose power equipment is employed in battling snow in the wintertime, attacked the blockage on Highway 395 in the Tioga Lodge area first, clearing that today. They estimated it would take two to three weeks of work in the pass road.

No injuries were reported from the two cloudbursts which hit Thursday and yesterday. But Deputy Sheriff Loren O"Dell said scores of campers were marooned for a time along the Tioga Pass. However, most of them were reached by Yosemite Park rangers and brought to shelter today.

At the resort on Mono Lake a 400-foot fan-shaped mud “peninsula” bore entire cabins, seven private cars, a highway truck, a small hydroelectric plant, a roadside service station, and the effects of many vacationers.

For three and one-half hours yesterday, a 20-foot wall of water boiled down Andy Thompson Creek for two miles, descending 3,500 feet on its way to Mono Lake.

Everything in the raging torrent's path -- house-sized boulders, and eventually houses, tree, and cars were swept into the lake with it.

Authorities view the carnage and said it was a miracle that no one has been reported killed or injured.

This little mountain community was hit by similar cloudbursts and their after-effects 13 years ago but old settlers said none of the torrents of past years ever wreaked so much havoc.

One eight-room building at the Lodge, a structure 108 feet by 40 feet, was snapped into matchwood fragments in 20 minutes, tumbling over and over as the water roared over, under, and through it.

Some 21 linemen of the California Electric Power Company were cut off in their work camp on the Tioga Pass, but they said their supply of food was plentiful. A temporary road was being buldozed to reach them.

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Date and time this article was prepared: 7/31/2017 9:33:30 AM