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

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Species collected at or near this location:



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

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

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

Erigeron divergens Torr. & A. Gray. Spreading Fleabane


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


Tetradymia glabrata Torrey & A. Gray. Littleleaf Horsebrush

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


Lappula redowskii (Hornem.) Greene. Stickseed

Phacelia bicolor Torr. ex S. Watson bicolor. Two-Color Phacelia


Astragalus casei A. Gray. Case's Milkvetch

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


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

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


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

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


Eriogonum maculatum A. Heller. Spotted Buckwheat



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

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


Elymus repens (L.) Gould. Quack Grass

Hordeum jubatum L. jubatum. Foxtail Barley

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Date and time this article was prepared:8:23:48 PM, 10/15/2020.