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Do You Know Where This Church Was Located?

NORTH FORK — Some time back, the North Fork History Group was presented with this photo of a church that is purported to have once stood in or near North Fork. However, the history group has not been able to document its location. If you have any information about this church please contact Ginny Smith at 559-877-4807.

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St. Anne’s Chapel In Knowles: An Interesting History

St. Joachim’s Church; 401 West 5th Street; Madera, California 93637; August 4, 1987 Dear Parishioners,Nestled among the rolling foothills of the Sierra, a church and community was established, St. Anne’s Chapel. The seed was planted in 1962 by the then Community under the spiritual direction of the Pastor Father Mario Buttini, OSJ, to complete a dream which Father Donimic Albertelli, ...

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History and Influence of the San Joaquin Experimental Range

75 Years of Range Research – As we of the north Highway 41 area head south or north to and from the Fresno area, we pass the San Joaquin Experimental Range (known as SJER) just north of Road 406, the Daulton-Bates Station Road. Curiosity about the use and history of this area that has been in operation since 1934 got ...

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A Different View Of A Familiar Site

MADERA COUNTY — You undoubtedly have traveled Highway 41 from Fresno to Oakhurst many times. When traveling along the open pastureland between Avenue 15 and Highway 145, there is more to see and think about than the olive and pistachio trees and the grapes you pass going north; now see the golden grasses, the terrain and cattle. In the Mitchell ...

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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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