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History Mystery #125

Submitted by Don Grove, North Fork History Group I am retiring as coordinator of the History Mystery series after 11 years. It has been a great joy to work on this project, but for personal reasons, I am unable continue. I want to thank our partners (Raymond Museum, Coarsegold Museum, Fresno Flats Historical Society, Sierra Mono Museum and E Clampus Vitus) ...

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History Mystery #120: North Fork Festival & Loggers Jamboree

Image of a group of men in a chainsaw contest.

Prepared by Michael Owlyler. It wasn’t always called the Loggers Jamboree. In 1960, the “North Fork Festival” was organized to raise funds for the North Fork Boosters Club. Back then, the organization of the Festival included activities that tied to logging, at that time a mainstay of the community. Included in the activities of the North Fork Festival was a ...

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How a Gold Rush Era Lumber Town Struck Gold a Second Time

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Article written by Laurie Waskin of the Reel Cowboys. Special thanks to Kathryn Ellis, Chairperson of the North Fork History Group, for additional information. NORTH FORK — “North Fork” – the evocative name bestowed upon this idyllic 19th century town may sound familiar to western enthusiasts, along with an assumption the locale could have been coined by screenwriters similar to The ...

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History Mystery #117: Antique Amp Meter

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Submitted by Don Grove, North Fork History Group NORTH FORK — This very old tool was donated to the North Fork History Group. It has a gauge on it marked as amperes. It was proudly made in the USA, so you know it is pretty old. We know this is an amp meter, but we would like to know how ...

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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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YGAC Announces Solo Art Show by Mary Beth Harrison

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NORTH FORK — The Yosemite Gateway Art Center presents “Honoring Our Past,” a solo art show featuring 12 original oil paintings by local artist Mary Beth Harrison. Each painting showcases a scene from local history, such as Bass Lake, downtown North Fork, Yosemite National Park, and more. Harrison brings early black and white photos of our area to life in ...

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History Mystery #111: North Fork Trading Post

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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 #108: The North Fork Recreation Center

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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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Christmas Bazaar Tomorrow at the North Fork Town Hall

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NORTH FORK — The North Fork Boosters will again present the Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the North Fork Town Hall. There will be many exhibitors and customers to enjoy the return of this important and fun event. The North Fork History Group will be offering historic photos and other appropriate items to ...

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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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