Mammoth Lakes, or better known as just Mammoth, is a world famous year round resort town and destination located at 7,880 feet. The town is most known for the volcanic dome Mammoth Mountain which towers over the city. Mammoth Mountain is home to a world class winter resort and ski area.
In 1877, Mineral Hill, just south of the present day town, was staked by four prospectors. A year later, a gold rush was started when Mammoth Mining Company was organized to the mine. Over 1,500 people made their way to the area, known then as Mammoth City, hoping to strike it rich. Within just a few years, the company shut down. The population of Mammoth City dropped to less than ten people as people left the boom town as quick as they arrived.
A new town, based in the business of logging and tourism, was established on the banks of Mammoth Creek in the early 20th century. In 1923, the first Mammoth Lakes post office opened.
By the 1950s, about 200 residents lived in the area year round. By 1960, this number reached 1,000. Many cabins and faux Swiss chalets starting popping up in the nearby forests all around CA 203, the main road into the town.
The total area of Mammoth Lakes is 25.3 square miles (66 square kilometers). As of 2010, the population was 8,234. The town is the only incorporated community in the county of Mono.