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The History Mystery #48

This is the start of the fifth year for the History Mystery on Sierra News Online. We would like to thank SNO, our loyal readers, and all those who have submitted information regarding our History Mysteries. The six organizations that prepare these mysteries have gained much information that they can pass on to the public. We are all fortunate to ...

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The History Mystery #47

Submitted by Roger Mitchell — Question #1: Can anyone out there in Cyberland verify that the mill structure shown in the photo is the same mill as was built by the processing of Shaw Mining and Reduction Company in the summer and fall of 1888 for the processing of silver and lead ores from the Star Mine? Question #2: Does ...

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History Mystery #41

This is a real photo postcard of the type commonly used to send images of a person or location to friends and family. It is just one of the several hundred photos given to the Research Library of the Sierra Historical Society by Jack Gyer before his death. Before he began to publish the Sierra Star in 1957, Jack was ...

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The History Mystery #37

This month’s History Mystery comes from Milt Wheeler (not related to Tom). Milt attended North Fork School as a boy, but he now resides in Hawaii. Milt and his brother played on the basketball team in 1955. He has a photo of the team, but cannot remember the names of all the players. Can someone help him out and tell ...

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Public Meeting Focuses On Marketing North Fork

NORTH FORK – A group of interested people will meet at the Pizza Factory on Monday, June 1, at 6 p.m. to discuss a marketing strategy to promote North Fork as a destination in all 4 seasons. The concept has the backing of many who believe North Fork has not done enough throughout the years to promote our community events.

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Our Beautiful Forest In Distress

MADERA COUNTY – We were drawn to North Fork by many things; one of those is the beautiful forest that surrounds us. Every morning we wake up in a park-like setting that is absolutely gorgeous. It makes me shudder inside when I see all the dead trees almost everywhere around town. Not being a forester, I know very little about ...

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The History Mystery #25

This photo is from the historic photographic files of the Forest Service and the caption on the photo reads “Looking down San Joaquin River from Minaret Summit.” So we know the location is near Reds Meadow on the east side of the Sierra. Our questions are what are the five cross-like structures near the center of the picture and can ...

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The History Mystery #18

This photograph is of a newly restored item on display at the Coarsegold Historic Museum located at 31899 Highway 41 in Coarsegold. Do you know what it is? What was it used for? When it was originally built? Hint: It was built as a work vehicle a long time ago.

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Don Grove Images On Display In Madera Gallery

MADERA – “A Different Look at Yosemite’s Treasures” 150th Anniversary of Yosemite Land Grant Photography Exhibition is on display now at Circle Gallery in Madera. I would like to invite you to journey down to the Circle Gallery at 1653 Schnoor, Ste. 113, in Madera, to join me at the Reception on Saturday, May 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. ...

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The History Mystery #16

This month instead of a photograph about which we have questions, we are in need of a photograph! The North Fork History Group is searching for a high quality photograph of Judge Marcia Putney. Marcia Putney was instrumental in starting the Women’s Club of North Fork. She was also the first woman judge in Madera County. As a distinguished member ...

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