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History Mystery #115: Antique Homestead Tools

Image of a mystery tool from an old homestead.

Submitted by Lynn Northrup, Raymond Museum. These two items were recently donated from two different homesteads near Raymond. We would like to know their uses and what decade they would be from. Follow-up to History Mystery #114: The Fine Gold Saloon There were no comments pertaining to the questions asked about this Mystery. Comments from SNO Facebook page: Janel Nielsen: ...

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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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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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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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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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