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Sheriff James P. Dolan

In July of 1915, the peace and quiet of Mono County was
shattered when Sheriff James P. Dolan died as the result of
gunshot wounds received while attempting to apprehend two
outlaws who had terrorized ranchers a short distance from
this location.

Outraged by the shooting of Sheriff Dolan, the citizenry of
Mono County quickly organized a Sheriff's posse which tracked
the outlaws to a location near Mono Craters. Justice was
served when both outlaws were killed in a shootout with
possemen. A coroner's inquest determined "death caused by
resisting arrest by duly constituted representatives of the
sheriff's office."

Sheriff Dolan, the 15th lawman to serve that office since
the formation of Mono County, made the ultimate sacrifice
with the fearless determination which had been entrusted
to him by the citizens of Mono County.

By Martin A. Strelneck
Sheriff-Mono County 1993

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