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Near Clovis in Fresno County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Academy

 
 
Academy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson
1. Academy Marker
Inscription. One Quarter mile NW of here in a grove of oak tress on the south bank of Dog Creek was established "The Academy" in 1872. It was the first secondary school in Fresno County. J.D. Collins, later Sheriff was the first teacher. Just easterly of The Academy stood the small M. E. South Church built in 1869, and still in use.

The stage route from Visalia to Millerton passed nearby and soon a small village sprang up including a hotel, store, stables, and a Post Office to which the name "Academy" attached. Later it was a stopping place for the Tollhouse Teamsters.

Many of Fresno County's earliest families settled hereabout engaging in the sheep and later the cattle business. Many of them and their descendants now rest in the nearby pioneer cemetery.
Dedicated November 19, 1967
Jim Savage Chapter
E Clampus Vitus

 
Erected 1967 by E Clampus Vitus, Jim Savage Chapter 1852. (Marker Number 9.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 36° 53.283′ N, 119° 32.183′ W. Marker is near Clovis, California, in Fresno County. Marker is on Tollhouse Road (State Highway 168) half a mile east of North Madsen Avenue, on
Academy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson
2. Academy Marker
the right when traveling east. Click for map. There is a large turnout at this loction that will accomodate even the largest motorhomes. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13568 Tollhouse Road, Clovis CA 93619, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Academy Methodist Church (approx. mile away); Humphrey Station (approx. 7.1 miles away); William "Yank" Hazelton (approx. 9.4 miles away); Clovis Veterans Memorial (approx. 10 miles away); Tarpey Depot (approx. 10.1 miles away); Erected to the Memory of the Pioneers of the Millerton Area Whose Remains Rest Here (approx. 10.1 miles away); Choinumni (approx. 10.6 miles away); Kings River - Centerville (approx. 10.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Clovis.
 
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Academy Pioneer Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, January 8, 2010
3. Academy Pioneer Cemetery
One of the earliest cemeteries in Fresno County, this is the Pioneer cemetery referred to on the Academy marker. The cemetery is located on Mendocino Ave about a mile and a half from the marker.
Academy Methodist Church, established 1865 image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, January 8, 2010
4. Academy Methodist Church, established 1865
The current Academy Methodist Church was established in 1865 as the M. E South Church with the building being completed in 1869. It is the oldest continually used church building in Fresno County. A separate marker for the church was dedicated in 1985 by the Academy Circle. The church sits on Madsen Ave a little less than a mile from the marker.
Academy School drawing as it looked in 1872 image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of the Eastern Fresno County Museum, circa abt 1960
5. Academy School drawing as it looked in 1872
An undated picture of a drawing showing what the school looked like in 1872 with both side porches still intact. Part of the school collection at the Eastern Fresno County Museum.
Academy School 1882 image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of the Eastern Fresno County Museum, 1882
6. Academy School 1882
Photo of Academy School from around 1882 after the side porches had been removed.
 
 
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