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History Mystery #114: The Fine Gold Saloon

Image of a sign from the Fine Gold Saloon.

Submitted by Connie Popelish, North Fork History Group. In a 2013 interview, Bill Vanderburg told the North Fork History Group about a saloon on the east side of Road 200 that was built to straddle Fine Gold Creek. He said it was a bar and dance hall with Fine Gold Creek flowing underneath it. Then some years later, the building ...

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History Mystery #113: Carved Wooden Tools

Image of antique carved wooden tools.

Submitted by Karen Morris, CHS President.  These are carved tools made out of wood. They were recently donated to the Coarsegold Historic Museum. Do you know what they were used for or how old they might be? The one standing upright has holes in the bottom but the bottom is covered in felt. You can comment here or at chs@sti.net ...

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Daily Update Reports from Visit Yosemite – Madera County

Image of Yosemite National Park.

MADERA COUNTY — Please see the attached PDFs from Visit Yosemite – Madera County for the Daily Conditions Report and for current weather conditions. Daily Conditions Report (PDF) Current Weather Conditions (PDF) Upcoming Events From the Parsons Memorial Lodge Summer Series 2022 Saturday, July 23, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Gifts of Granite, Wisdom from Rivers: Natural History and Poetry of the Sierra Nevada. ...

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History Mystery #112: The Traveling Mystery Cabin

Image of the Silver Knob cabin.

Submitted by Debby Carter, SHSA Librarian. According to articles in the Sierra Star, the cabin that is now located at Fresno Flats Historic Park & Village (see map below) was originally located west of Highway 41 and south of Sugar Pine, and east of Silver Knob. In 1969, a year after the Sierra Historic Sites Association (SHSA) was formed, the ...

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Summer’s Here at the Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park

Image of the Fresno Flats logo.

The Fresno Flats Gazette – Summer 2022 It’s going to be a great summer! We are gearing up for another incredible summer at Fresno Flats. Check out all that is happening and how you can get involved. Events Pioneer Camp: June 21 – 23 Pioneer Camp is on and it’s going to be better than ever. We’re teaming up again with ...

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History Mystery #111: North Fork Trading Post

Image of the North Fork Trading Post.

From the Madera Tribune, Volume 67, Number 83, 8 Sept. 1958 North Fork Store Burns As Community Threatened North Fork, CA. — A North Fork landmark for nearly 60 years burned to the ground Sunday afternoon. The Trading Post, a general mercantile store, caused this community’s most spectacular fire in years. The County Assessor’s Office valued the building alone at ...

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Hiking Through Mariposa Grove Up To Wawona Point

Hiking beside really old, tall trees that have tiny cones is always special and a bit of Galen Clark’s cabin history along the way made it even better. It had been a while since I had hiked in Mariposa Grove and I got an early start to beat the crowd. And you probably should be careful when you tell me ...

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Looped Hike Up to Vernal and Nevada Falls

They say that the Mist Trail’s steep granite stairway has over 600 steps but I wasn’t counting because Vernal Fall’s beauty fully captured my attention as I climbed them. Up the Mist Trail and down the John Muir Trail. In between, I could feel the power of 2 huge waterfalls, their spray on my face and the roar of a ...

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