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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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The History of Coarsegold

Coarsegold is a town just bustin’ with Old West history and character. Cradled in the Sierra Foothills, about 7 miles south of Oakhurst, Coarsegold stretches along Highway 41 for several miles. Originally known as Coarse Gold Gulch, its name comes from the large gold nuggets which were discovered in the creeks that wind through the hills surrounding the town. This ...

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The History of Bass Lake

Other than Yosemite, Bass Lake is probably the biggest draw for visitors to the area, and a respite for locals to get out and enjoy this beautiful part of the world. With a current population of about 2,200, Bass Lake was once a verdant meadow, surrounded by mountains and vast forests of pine and cedar. But with the coming of ...

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The History of Ahwahnee

Ahwahnee is a small, unincorporated rural town about five miles northwest of Oakhurst on Highway 49. Situated at the southern end of California’s Gold Rush Country, Ahwahnee was first populated by immigrants who set about providing the miners with essential goods and services needed in their pursuit of gold.

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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.

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