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The History Mystery #59

NORTH FORK — One History Mystery leads to another. There was one comment on History Mystery #58, “What was the name of the school that Dorothy and Grover Whitener bought and used as their house.” A reader wrote that the school in the photo was torn down earlier, and Grover Whitener built the house in the photograph. Sue Whitener Parker, ...

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The History Mystery #58

A School, A House, A Home — This is the photo of the first house that Grover and Dorothy Whitener bought. The building was located along the South Fork of Willow Creek just east of the town of North Fork, and was formerly a schoolhouse before it became a residence. The Mystery — What was the name of that school? ...

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The History Mystery #57

In the Blackhawk Lodge area, there is what appears to be part of a mine or mine airshaft complete with wood timbers. The tunnel is slanted at a 45-degree angle and is flooded with water about 20 feet from the surface. E Clampus Vitus (ECV) 41-49 has been working on a project to locate the old Zebra Mine, and several ...

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The History Mystery #56

On the Jan. 15, 1939, Southern Pacific Railroad Schedule there is a stop between Knowles and Knowles Junction off the Raymond train called Hillside, not Hills Pride, like the bar in Knowles, Hillside. In several references, including a 1934 Madera County map, Hillside is listed in an article about Alexander McGilvray, who ran the McGilvray Quarry until 1928 when the ...

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The History Mystery #54

Here are two pictures of an item the Coarsegold Museum would like identified. It is made from a single piece of wood maybe during the gold rush era. We believe it to be from the Coarsegold area. It measures 26 1/2″ long, 14 1/2″ wide. It is 5 1/2″ high on one end, and 4 1/4″ high on the other ...

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The History Mystery #53

By Roger Mitchell — A few years ago, I was attending a wedding reception, talking to a gentleman who seemed to be very knowledgeable regarding Madera County history. Somehow the subject of the oldest dwelling structure in what is now Madera County came up. I had researched that very subject once, and I felt confident when I expressed the view ...

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The History Mystery #52

Does anyone know where this interesting rock formation is located? Does it have a name? The North Fork History Group would like to develop a catalogue of interesting natural formations in the area. If you have any information about this one, or any others, please make comments here, or send to dongrove1@yahoo.com. Don Grove North Fork History Mystery Coordinator HISTORY ...

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The History Mystery #51

E Clampus Vitus Grub Gulch 41-49 has been researching the Yosemite Stage Route and the stage stop west of Blackhawk Lodge. This route left Madera, stopped at the Adobe Ranch, then Bates Station, went north and cut westward to the Zebra area. At the end of Longhollow Court in Yosemite Lakes Park is the supposed site of a stage stop, ...

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The History Mystery #50

RAYMOND — This month we have two items we would like folks to check out and see if they know what they are or what they were used for. They were donated by local museum visitors and came from old family homes. We have had many guesses but no definitive answer. The board item looks homemade and the green metal ...

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The History Mystery #49

We have a few facts about the history of the Bonnie B Ranch in our files. However, we have many gaps in our knowledge. We know the Ranch began as property owned by G. L. Smith when he obtained it sometime after 1891 under the Homestead Act. Mr. Smith was also the first owner of the Buckhorn Saloon and was ...

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