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The Lone Highwayman Of The Chowchilla

One Carl P. Russell researched and penned 100 Years in Yosemite, the Story of a Great National Park, the first copyright in 1931 with several reprints over the years. In the chapter “Stagecoach Days” he reprints and article from D. J. Foley’s book Yosemite Tourist of July 10, 1906. The following is an “account of a robbery that brings the ...

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Remembering The Cedarbrook Inn

Remembering Cedarbrook Inn A fascinating new book on the history of this area is now available: To Yosemite by Stage; Raymond to Wawona and Remembering Cedarbrook Inn, by Zelda Garey Dubel. Zelda was once owner of the inn and has spent many years doing research on the areas mentioned in the title. The following is an excerpt from the “Cedarbrook ...

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Amazing and Beautiful Ancient Polish Salt Mine

Deep underground in Poland lies something remarkable but little known outside Eastern Europe .For centuries, miners have extracted salt there, but left behind things quite startling and unique. Take a look at the most unusual salt mine in the world.

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North Fork's Prominence As A Mill Town Began In The 1940s

For over one hundred years, North Fork was known as a logging community. In 1941, the Associated Lumber and Box Company purchased one hundred and thirty five acres from the Thornburg family. The mill, which originated in Beiber, California near the Oregon border, was relocated here in North Fork in mid-1942. On April 1, 1943, the first log was sawed ...

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The North Fork History Group

Gathering, Preserving and Sharing the History of a Mountain Community The North Fork History Group (NFHG) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization incorporated in 2002 by community members who saw a need to preserve what was eroding away in the mountains, hills and forests. They began gathering, preserving and sharing the history of North Fork and the surrounding communities with ...

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The History of Raymond

Raymond, California looks as it has for over 100 years. Fewer buildings exist due to many fires over time and the main road through town is paved, but a visitor can still get food in the 1890 General Store or have a beverage in the 1891 Shaw Brothers’ General Merchandise store, which is now a bar called the Frontier. Raymond ...

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The History of O’Neals

O’Neals is a tiny hamlet located along Willow Creek just off Road 200, about 15 miles south of North Fork. It is much the same size as it was back in old west days, with ranching and farming still the life blood of the area. The Ponderosa Telephone Company has been thriving there for over 100 years. Charles O’Neal first ...

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The History of Oakhurst

Located at the southern end of California’s Gold Rush Country, the town of Oakhurst is a busy hub at the intersection of Highway 41 and the historic Golden Chain Highway 49. Oakhurst began as a mountain community known as Fresno Flats. It was not a gold mining town, but rather, provided goods and services for the miners, farmers, lumberjacks and ...

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The History of North Fork

Sheltered by the vast Sierra Nevada mountain range and at the exact center of California, North Fork is a little town with a big heart. This amiable mountain village is home to artisans, writers, innovators and business folks, the hearty descendants of Mono Indians and logging and ranching families. .Residents include families who have lived here for generations, retirees who ...

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The History of Fish Camp

Just outside of the South entrance to Yosemite National Park at 5602 ft elevation is the quiet town of Fish Camp. The 2010 census states that there are only 59 people living there. But this sleepy little town certainly does play host to an immense number of guests. As you might expect, because of its proximity to the park, thousands ...

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