Historic places in the Devils Postpile area include the structures remaining at the Minaret Mine site, the Reds Meadow Guard Station, the Reds Meadow Bath House, the Devils Postpile Ranger Station, the cabin ruins at the base of the Postpile, and some of the structures at the Reds Meadow Resort and Pack Station. As representations of the area's economic development and of the history of interagency and regional cooperation during federal government administration, some of these sites may be eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Many of the places referenced on this page are located on the Inyo National Forest and are not within the boundaries of the monument.
After the mine ceased operations in the early 1930s, mineral rights for the area changed hands several times. In the 1970s, the claim was held by Reverend Ralph York of Los Gatos, California, who reportedly improved the structures to use them as a summer camp for his church.
While mining was popular near Devils Postpile, extensive evidence of mining within the monument has never been found.
Reds Meadow Resort and Pack Station
The only structure remaining at the station that meets the 50-year age requirement for National Register consideration is Cabin One at the resort. However, the pack station itself was significant in the development of the recreational economy of the Mammoth Lakes region.
Reds Meadow Guard Station and Bath House
A crew from the Civilian Conservation Corps stationed at the North Fork Ranger camp on the Sierra National Forest built the public bathhouse located down the hill from the Reds Meadow cabin in 1935. The only CCC structure in the area, it enabled better management of the use of the hot spring by valley visitors. The hot spring bathhouse suffered damage during the 2011 windstorm and is currently inoperable.
When it was standing, the cabin exhibited architectural features not found elsewhere in the Sierra Nevada, including deeply recessed windows and the shake and wedge-shaped chinking used for the roof. The largest logs were used to form the base, and progressively smaller pieces of lumber were linked together to form the walls. The cabin may have been constructed this way to stand up to the heavy accumulations of snow in the area. It was still in use in the 1930s when deterioration began. After it collapsed under a heavy snow in 1954, the National Park Service removed most of the remnants. Today, only the foundation and the large stone hearth are still visible.
Devils Postpile Ranger Station
The cabin was originally built in July 1941 to replace the tent shelter that had served as both the ranger quarters and visitor contact station since the mid-1930s. The cabin has since been renovated with repairs necessary to maintain the functionality but original structural materials remain in very good condition. This building stands as a reminder of the early planning and development at Devils Postpile National Monument.
Last updated: September 22, 2015