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Last Call For Oakhurst Time Capsule

OAKHURST – What can you share that represents modern life in this mountain town? The Centennial Committee of the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce wants to know: they’re reaching out to the community for items to be placed in a time capsule marking the town centennial. The time capsule will be sealed and buried at an unspecified location this year ...

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Jesse Ross Cabin

If you haven’t purchased the book Exploring the Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway and spent a day or two or three on the tour that is literally in our back yard, then now is the time, before the snows come. The book is available for $15 at the Coarsegold Historic and Fresno Flats museums—close at hand. You can start the ...

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1848-1850: Indian Unrest

There is a wonderful book all living in the San Joaquin Valley (and foothills) should own: Garden of the Sun, A History of the San Joaquin Valley: 1772-1939. The book is full of interesting events and people who made the history of this “garden of the sun.”

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Walking Where We Lived: Memoirs of a Mono Indian Family

Gaylen D. Lee has written an account of the personal history of his North Fork Mono family. In his book he covers six generations and their struggles with the treatment, problems and survival of the North Fork Indians. [From the Forward section of the book:] This is a view that most never see: the perspective of American Indians themselves on ...

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Rowdy Old Oakhurst 100 Years Ago

Final ‘Friday at Fresno Flats’ this year with local historian Bill Coate OAKHURST – Join with friends, neighbors and a noted historian for the last in this year’s series of dinners and talks, “Friday at Fresno Flats,” at Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park, Cunningham School, located on Road 427 (School Road). Admission is $10.

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The Stage Route Tour

Ever wonder about the history of eastern Madera County? This area is simply rich with wonderful stories by and about the “characters” and events that made up that history. The Coarsegold Historical Society has produced two volumes that relate the early pioneer history, As We Were Told, Vols. I & 2. The first volume is full of 102 stories by ...

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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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