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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 #102: Going to the Movies in North Fork

Image of the North Fork Movie Theater.

Submitted by Don Grove The old Ponderosa Minarets movie theater on North Fork’s Main Street has been sitting idle for many years. This month’s History Mystery is about the memories of those who attended the theater. Please share your memories as comments here or as an email to NorthForkHistoryGroup@gmail.com. We are also interested in knowing where you parked if you ...

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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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History Mystery #99: Mystery Site at the Mono National Forest

History Mystery image.

The Mono Museum in North Fork would like more information about the site in this photograph.  It is at the edge of the Mono National Forest in Mono County.  What is significant about this place?  Any information will be appreciated. Have you visited the refurbished Mono Museum in North Fork?  It is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday from 10 ...

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History Mystery 98: The Case of the Raymond Rail Yard

Image of the train depot at Raymond, CA.

E Clampus Vitus Grub Gulch Chapter 41-49 is working with the Raymond Museum to determine the actual locations of the structures and facilities in the SP Raymond Branch rail yard in Raymond. We have some photos and some drawings, but we are in need of more information. Many of the photos we have were taken with fisheye lenses, which distort ...

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History Mystery #97

Image of an old sign in the woods.

History Mystery #97, Chinchilla Ranches and Mystery Signs in the Madera County Mountain Communities Prepared by Andy Brooks, Raymond Museum volunteer The Chinchilla ranch industry, though short lived by most history standards, had a favorable economic impact on the Madera County mountain area communities. How many ranches were there? What other businesses were created from the Chinchilla ranch industry? Who ...

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