Established in the early 1860s, Benton was born with the discovery of silver in the nearby Blind Springs Hills and White Mountains. Also known as Benton Hot Springs, the town thrived for a few short years. As is the tale with many mining towns, when the precious ore gave out, so did the town. Folks moved away and buildings were left for nature to reclaim.
A handful of residents call Benton Hot Springs home today and there are some interesting old buildings in various stages of preservation in the small community. The town is located on California State Route 120, approximately 32 miles north of Bishop via U.S. Route 6.
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