History of the Loop

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WELCOME to the June Lake Loop Historical Society Website.

This website is your opportunity to assist in the collection of stories and historical data by the Society. One of our goals for the future is to establish a museum where we can house photographs and artifacts from June Lake Loop's past. We will also be identifying historical buildings and sites. In the meantime, we are asking for assistance in compiling as much information as possible regarding the history of the Loop.

Please, if you have any information to contribute regarding the history of the June Lake Loop, PLEASE create an account, log in and post it here. If your information cannot be transmitted in electronic form you may send it to us as well.

You may also contribute additional information and comments on existing stories on this website.

Thanks for your interest in the history of the June Lake Loop.

The June Lake Loop Historical Society was founded by:
Dan Roberts, President
Max Bowlan, Vice President
Lee Vorobyoff, Secretary
Patti Heinrich, Treasurer
Bev Gilmore and Debi Perilman, Board Members -at-large
Nicholas Faust, Ken Willingham, Andy Gilmore, Al Heinrich, and all of YOU for your support.

the June Lake Loop Historical Society is organized as a non-profit corporation in the State of California, and has been granted tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service under section 501(c)-3.

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Norm DeChambeau Speech

June Lake StoriesAt the Fourth Annual General Meeting of the June Lake Historical Society on August 2, 2012, Mr. Norm DeChambeau spoke on the history of the Mono Basin.† DeChambeau was a local Icon who in his retirement had become President and Curator for the Mono Basin Historical Society.† His talk is contained in the video below, and is quite fascinating.† Mr. DeChambeau passed away in May of 2016.

Norm DeChambeau on Mono Basin History, Aug. 2, 2012 from Dan Roberts on Vimeo.

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501 (c) 3 Tax Exempt Status Approved by IRS

General NewsAt tonight's meeting of the June Lake Loop Historical Society it was announced that a letter of acceptance was received from the Internal Revenue Service, granting the June Lake Loop Historical Society a tax-exempt, non profit organization under section 401(c)3.

Contributors may wish to note that the effective date of this status is made retroactive to our incorporation in August of 2009.

The Society owes a debt of gratitude to Mono County Counsel Marshall Rudolph, and the Mono County Board of Supervisors for seed funding and support through resources to make our 501(c)3 status possible.

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June Lake Liquor Store

June Lake StoriesMy grandmother, Dolores Stuart, owned the June Lake Liquor Store sometime in the 1930's and 40's.

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Ron Dunn's Slot Machine Story

Back in the 30's and 40's† the state of California allowed some gambling in the state, but left it up to the counties to decide what they would allow. Mono County said that it would allow Draw Poker and Slot Machines, as long as they were not in Bridgeport [the county seat].† Right about 1945, Ron Dunn's father Louis Dunn, Bill Treglown [owner of Bills Grill] and Jim Bowen bought out the small operation of Ted Bloomer, an d started Mono Amusements co.† They built this up to about 150 slot machines and had them in all the places they could in the county.
†† Late in 1940 or early 1950† the powers to be in Sacramento† claimed† that slot machines were no longer legal, so they sent several†Limo's over and conficated all the machines that they could carry.† The rest of the machines were destroyed, dumped into June Lake and the dump.† No monies from the conficated machines were ever returned to Mono County, as required by law. A neighbor of the Dunn's was Chuck Addison, who was 1/4 owner of the Pioneer Club in Las Vegas ,† and also Joanne Ronci's grandfather told Ron's dad† " There's no way that it can be proved, but Nevada interestís wanted to stop gambling in California so we got a lot of cash together and Bought BROWN " who was the Attorney General of California at the time† to clean up the State.

Ron donated several change coin bags that were used for picking up slot change and percentage allowances.

Ron was a slot machine mechanic for about 10 years. The small old building north east of the Sierra Inn was used as a slot machine workshop. Ron said the machines came from the manufacturer set to pay 60%/40%. 60% went to the customer who normally put the 60% back into the machine.

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JLLHS First Annual Meeting

The newly formed Society held its first General Annual Meeting on August 6 at the June Lake Community Center. About thirty interested persons were in attendance as President Dan Roberts gave a welcome address and a brief overview of the origins of the June Lake community. The program consisted of Ron Dunn, longtime summer resident at Silver Lake, who gave a talk on his experiences in the 1940's when there was gambling in June Lake and he and his father were the operators of a slot machine business. Then Igor Vorobyoff spoke about the natural history of the area. Several individuals joined the Society as members and there were some displays of old photos and artifacts, including a mounted Steelhead Trout caught in the twenties by renowned area photographer Burton Frasher. The evening ended with refreshments and sharing of many stories of the past by the participants.