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History Mystery #110: Missing Plaques on Stone Monuments

Image of the Cottonwood Creek Bridge sign.

Submitted by Jack Butler, Historian, E Clampus Vitas Grub Gulch Chapter 41/49 On State Route 145, between Road 33 and Road 36, is the Cottonwood Creek Bridge. There are two rock monuments, one is west-facing on the south, and one is east-facing on the north side. They are both missing their plaques explaining the history of their placement. A blue ...

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History Mystery #109: Mystery Mail Bags

Image of a very old letter and envelope.

Submitted by Lynn Northrup, Raymond Museum. These are mail bags from the River Route found by a museum supporter and donated. We have so many questions about these bags. What years were they used and when and why did they cease? Who were the local mail carriers and does anyone have any other bags from the different routes? Are there ...

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History Mystery #108: The North Fork Recreation Center

Image of a lake.

NORTH FORK — The North Fork Boosters owns and operates the North Fork Recreation Center, hosting community events and renting out to community organizations and private parties. Among the many events held at this venue is the Summer Youth Program that has been running for over 60 years. The Summer Youth Program is Monday-Friday from noon to 5 p.m. during ...

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History Mystery #107: Mystery Metal Object

Image of an unknown mystery object.

By Karen Morris, President of Coarsegold Historic Museum This is a new item that we have on display at the Coarsegold Historic Museum. It is metal. Do you know what it was used for? Possibly the time frame it was used? Please leave your comments here or on our Facebook page or e-mail us  at chs@sti.net. Our winter hours are ...

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History Mystery #106: The Adventurous Miss Kitty

Image of the "Two Kitties."

By Debby Carter, Librarian, Sierra Historic Sites Association You’ve probably seen this famous old photo of two daring ladies posing at Glacier Point. In the August 16, 1962, issue of the Sierra Star, the photo was posted requesting any information about these two ladies. Two weeks later, a letter to the editor was posted in the Star with just that ...

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History Mystery #105: Snowy Winters and Christmas Dances

Image of a woman on a snowy street in North Fork, CA.

Submitted by Connie Popelish, North Fork History Group Remember when winter meant snow? Check out this photograph of downtown North Fork and let us know your memories of snowy winters, Christmas dances, and any other details you notice in this picture, like the names of the businesses or power lines strung overhead across the street. Can anyone tell us the ...

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History Mystery #104: The Chowchilla Pacific Railroad

Image of the "Terrific" train car.

By Dan Carrion, E Clampus Vitus Grub Gulch Chapter 41-49 In the Spring of 2021, a car accident destroyed the E Clampus Vitus Chowchilla Railroads Monument built in 2003, which stood in front of the VFW Hall in Chowchilla. Our chapter rebuilt the monument this summer, and we will re-dedicate it on December 11th. What we know about the railroad ...

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History Mystery #103: Raymond Mystery Photo

Image of a woman on a porch in Raymond, CA.

Submitted by the Raymond Museum We know this is the old Shaw Brothers store, located across from the Raymond General Store, that at one time housed the Raymond Post Office. Can anyone identify this lovely woman on the porch and give us the years of the vehicles in the photo, especially the mail truck? And can someone tell us what ...

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History Mystery #101: Unknown Mystery Box

Image of an unknown item from the museum.

Submitted by Karen Tex Morris, CHS President The Coarsegold Historic Museum has this item on display. Can you guess what it is or how it was used or how old it is? If you want to see it, you can visit our museum on Fridays 10 – 2, Saturdays 10-2, Sundays 12-4, or Mondays 10-2. We have many unique objects ...

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History Mystery #100: The Rock of Ages

Image of the Rock of Ages.

By Debby Carter, Librarian, Sierra Historic Sites Association A well-known local figure in the mountain area from the early nineteen hundreds was Doc C. E. Wells. He grew up in the Visalia area, went to medical school in San Francisco, and worked in the hospital at the Madera Sugar Pine Lumber Company for 17 years. In 1927, he married Liliane, ...

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