Eastern Mojave Vegetation Dechambeau Ranch, Mono County, California.

Query: G.N.I.S.

See also: Dechambeau Ponds.

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The Dechambeau Ranch is one of a number of ranches that served the numerous mining communities around Mono Lake from the late 19th century into the early decades of the 20th century. When most of the ore had been recovered and the miners had moved on, the ranches slowly withered.

Dechambeau Ranch is located near Mono Lake's north shore within the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area, and represents Mono Basin's ranching lifestyle at the height of Mining activities at the nearby towns of Aurora, Bodie, and Lundy. Buildings at Dechambeau include a ranch house, large barn, blacksmith shop, and garage as well as livestock facilities and a water system.

The ranch was established north of Black Point in 1906. First called Comasco Ranch, then Dondero Ranch when Nicholas Dondero owned Dechambeau Ranch before the Dechambeau's. He sold it so that he could move to Alaska.

Louis DeChambeau had first moved down from Bodie onto property near the Sylvester ranch, there relocated to Dechambeau Ranch to raise cattle, sheep, and chickens and grow alfalfa and vegetable crops.

The ranch has been the focus of an intense stabilization and partial restoration effort by the Inyo National Forest in consultation with the State Architect's Office and the California Office of Historic Preservation.

Elevation: 6483ft, 1976m.

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Literature Referring To This Location:

  • Sawyer, William A. 1994. Dechambeau Ranch: History and Archaeology of a Pioneer Homestead in the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area, Mono County, California. tDAR id: 37611

Area Plant Lists that contain this location:

Species collected at or near this location.

This list summarizes plants collected or observed at this specific, named location. It does not include plants collected or observed at nearby named or unnamed locations. It may be more instructive to use the Area Lists that contain this location.

  • TAS – The plant was collected by Tom Schweich.
  • Oth – The plant was collected by someone, but not Tom.
  • Obs – The plant was observed, but not collected.




Ericameria nauseosa (Pall. ex Pursh) G. I. Nesom & G. I. Baird hololeuca (A.Gray) G.L.Nesom & G.I.Baird. Rubber Rabbitbush (Oth)

Ericameria nauseosa (Pall. ex Pursh) G. I. Nesom & G. I. Baird oreophila (A.Nelson) G.L.Nesom & G.I.Baird. Rubber Rabbitbush (Oth)


Erigeron divergens Torr. & A. Gray. Spreading Fleabane (Oth)


Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus (Hook.) Nutt. viscidiflorus. Yellow Rabbitbrush (Oth)



Psathyrotes annua (Nutt.) A. Gray. Annual Psathyrotes (Oth)


Tetradymia glabrata Torrey & A. Gray. Littleleaf Horsebrush (Oth)

Tetradymia tetrameres (S. F. Blake) Strother. Four-part Horsebush (Oth)


Lappula redowskii (Hornem.) Greene. Stickseed (Oth)

Phacelia bicolor Torr. ex S. Watson bicolor. Two-Color Phacelia (Oth)


Astragalus casei A. Gray. Case's Milkvetch (Oth)

Astragalus lentiginosus Hook. ineptus (A. Gray) M. E. Jones. Freckled Milkvetch (Oth)


Eremothera boothii (Douglas) W.L. Wagner & Hoch alyssoides (Hook. & Arn.) W.L. Wagner & Hoch. Pine Creek Evening Primrose (Oth)

Eremothera boothii (Douglas) W. L. Wagner & Hoch boothii. Booth's Evening Primrose (Oth)


Aliciella leptomeria (A. Gray) J.M. Porter. Sand Gilia (Oth)

Eriastrum wilcoxii (A. Nelson) H. Mason. Wilcox's Woollystar (Oth)


Eriogonum maculatum A. Heller. Spotted Buckwheat (Oth)



Eragrostis pilosa (L.) P. Beauv. pilosa. (Oth)

Muhlenbergia asperifolia (Nees & Meyen ex Trin.) Parodi. Alkali Muhley (Oth)


Elymus repens (L.) Gould. Quack Grass (Oth)

Hordeum jubatum L. jubatum. Foxtail Barley (Oth)

Total number of taxa: 20
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Date and time this article was prepared:11:49:09 AM, 6/6/2024.