THE TOWN

RECKONING AT MAMMOTH LAKES

In July 2012, Mammoth Lakes, California declared bankruptcy.

After disputing with a developer for nearly a dozen years, the town faced a judgment nearly three times its annual budget. The mood of the ski resort, a town of 8,000 tucked in an isolated patch of the Eastern Sierra, was darkened and anxious as reality set in; jobs would be lost, services would be cut. People questioned if the Town would be able to continue to function, or if the Mammoth dream would soon die.

But for a dream to die it must first be born. The genesis of Mammoth Lakes started in the early 1940s with a man named Dave McCoy.

His dream, the story of Mammoth, begins here.

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