Robert Joki brings his side-kick, Ol' Charlie to the Mono Basin Historical Society meeting on Monday evening August 7th to entertain and inform you regarding the "Early Gold Rush in the Eastern Sierra" at the Lee Vining Community Center. A potluck dinner and business meeting begins at 6 PM; the program at 7 PM. All are welcome to this free event.
Robert is the President of the Mammoth Museum, and Ol' Charlie and he tell quite a tale about the lives of the prospectors and settlers who made the journey to our side of the mountains - as they searched for treasures and fortunes from Dog Town, Monoville, and eventually building several fine townsites in Mammoth's Lakes Basin.
They also will discuss the issue of Mercury, Arsenic, Cyanide, and other potentially toxic pollutants used to refine the ore for Ol' Charlie's simple Arasta, and at the more formal mill-sites such as "Mill City" which is adjacent to the Town of Mammoth Lakes. The historic integrity of this important early townsite is currently at risk of destruction due to a proposed government clean-up effort. Ol' Charlie and Robert will tell you what you can do to protect your own historically important sites by requiring the government to follow the procedures set forth by the National Historic Preservation Act, and it's extensive Section 106 review process.