Although Inyo and Mono Counties were born of mining activities, their founders were wise enough to select agricultural settlements rather than mining camps for county seats.
Mono County mining centers such as Lundy, Benton, Mammoth, and Masonic each held a bright spot in history for a time. The agricultural communities of Coleville, Bridgeport and Lee Vining still exist today as small but lively towns.
Inyo County began with Coso, Kearsarge, Bend City, and countless other mining camps. Cerro Gordo, its greatest producer, is credited with contributing to the growth of the City of Los Angeles.