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The History Mystery #31

North Fork History Group members recently came across these two grave sites about one half mile south of Bass Lake dam. The names on the graves are George Pell, Theophilus Belmontes, Alex Carso, Agapito Mora, but there are no dates. Does anyone know the history of these graves? Please leave a comment on this site or email NorthForkHistoryGroup@gmail.com Prepared by ...

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The History Mystery #30

Submitted by Karen Morris, Coarsegold Historical Society/Museum – The picture of these two little women is painted on paper with a fabric backing. It was donated to the Coarsegold Historical Society and now hangs in the Adobe building on the museum grounds. Do you recognize who these two young girls are? We are asking for help in identifying the girls ...

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The History Mystery #29

Submitted by Roger Mitchell China Wells & Burford? What are the sites “China Wells” and “Burford”? Why are they significant to the community? While browsing through some topographic maps of the Oakhurst area, I noticed two “sites” which I had never heard about previously.

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The History Mystery #28

This photo is of the Lisenby CCC Camp that we received from the Bass Lake District of the Sierra National Forest. We know there were two major Civilian Conservation Corps camps in North Fork during the 1930s. The one referred to as the North Fork Camp was located on Road 222 between North Fork and Manzanita Lake, but we don’t ...

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The History Mystery #28

This photo is of the Lisenby CCC Camp that we received from the Bass Lake District of the Sierra National Forest. We know there were two major Civilian Conservation Corps camps in North Fork during the 1930s. The one referred to as the North Fork Camp was located on Road 222 between North Fork and Manzanita Lake, but we don’t ...

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The History Mystery #27

We welcome E. Clampus Vitus as our newest contributing partner in the History Mystery Series. This submission for April is a continuation of a project they have been working on at the bottom of Hensley Lake. In the 1850’s Major James Savage of the California Militia erected a trading post along the Fresno River at the North West section of ...

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The History Mystery #26

These photographs are from Dorothy Philp’s 1920s photo album. Dorothy is from the Raymond Area but there was not a notation about where this bridge is in our area. We would love to know where this was or is located and over what body of water. The date is 1925. Thank you! Submitted by Lynn Northrup, Raymond Museum   Follow-Up ...

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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 #24

This is a picture from the Coarsegold Historical Society. We know it was taken at the North Fork Indian Mission School. We need help with identifying the students in the picture and the date it was taken. Please respond in the comments section below, or contact the Museum directly if you have any information about this photograph.

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The History Mystery #23

Here at the Fresno Flats Research Library, we sometimes find packages left on our doorstep anonymously. On one such occasion we found an envelope containing old photos of local logging operations which we recognized. and could identify. However, one photo looks out of place, and we are unable to identify the location. The image shows men standing on logs floating ...

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