Submitted by Roger Mitchell
China Wells & Burford?
What are the sites “China Wells” and “Burford”? Why are they significant to the community? While browsing through some topographic maps of the Oakhurst area, I noticed two “sites” which I had never heard about previously.
China Wells is shown on the map about 0.6 miles west of the intersection of State Route 41 and Road 632 (Sky Ranch Road). This site was marked “China Wells’ as you can see on the topo map. Such markings usually denote a place of historical relevance.
“Burford” is shown on the same map. It is situated a little more than a mile southwest of China Wells, We at the Fresno Flats Research library have been out looking for both sites, but they appear to be on private property, because locked gates block access via the dirt roads into this area.
If anyone has any information about either site or how to contact the owners of these properties, please call me at (559) 676-5228 or make comments at the bottom of this page.
Submitted by: Roger Mitchell, Historian, Fresno Flats Historical Park, Museum, & Research Library.
Follow up on History Mystery #28
We thank the two people who contributed answers to last month’s History Mystery about the Lisenby CCC camp. The two web links have given us new information about the camp that we will keep in our archives. But we are still looking for the exact location and the origin of the camp’s name. If anyone has that information, please contact us at NorthForkHistoryGroup@gmail.com