“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Sanger in Fresno County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)


Sanger Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, circa March 2005
1. Sanger Marker
In front of the Sanger Depot Museum
Inscription. Founded by the Pacific Improvement Co. following the completion of Southern Pacific's east side railroad in May 1888. Its name honors Joseph Sanger, Jr., Indiana rail executive. Sanger, supported by a rich fruit citrus farming district which later made it a fruit and packing center, soon eclipsed neighboring Centerville.

In 1890, Sanger became an important part of a major Sierra Nevada logging operation, with a mill which operated nearly four decades. The 54 mile Millwood Flume (later extended to Hume) terminated here. Sanger's ties to the Sierra and support of the annual Yule pilgrimage to the General Grant Tree earned its designation as the nation's Christmas Tree City. The City of Sanger was incorporated on May 15, 1911. The S. P. depot, built in 1888 and now Sanger's oldest building, was moved to this location for use as a museum in 1977.

Jim Savage Chapter E Clampus Vitus 1852
Dedicated July 4, 1988

Erected 1988 by E Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 32.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 36° 42.383′ N, 119° 33.733′ W. Marker is in Sanger, California, in Fresno County. Marker
The Nation's Christmas Tree image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson
2. The Nation's Christmas Tree
The General Grant Tree is shown on one side of the marker
can be reached from Hoag Avenue east of Jensen Street. Click for map. Their are 2 parking lots for the museum, one is on Hoag Street off the 1700 block of Jensen Avenue. The 7th Street address is actually the back of the museum and has a parking lot as well. If you enter on 7th street, you will have to walk around to the other side of the old depot to see the Sanger marker. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1700 7th Street, Sanger CA 93657, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kings River - Centerville (approx. 4.1 miles away); Fowler's Switch (approx. 8.4 miles away); Wagon Bridge (approx. 8.8 miles away); William "Yank" Hazelton (approx. 9.1 miles away); Groundwater Irrigation Beginnings (approx. 9.5 miles away); Frank Dusy (approx. 10 miles away); Selma (approx. 10.1 miles away); Moses J. Church (approx. 10.2 miles away but has been reported missing).
More about this marker. The Sanger Depot was moved to this location to be used as a museum. The large granite marker for Sanger is in front of the building.
Regarding Sanger. The sketch of the General Grant Tree on the side of the marker refers to Sanger's designation as the Nation's Christmas Tree City.
Also see . . .
General Grant Tree image. Click for full size.
By Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Parks, circa 1950
3. General Grant Tree
Description on Postcard:
General Grant Tree located in Grant Grove, Kings Canyon National Park, is the "Nation's Christmas Tree." It is 40.3 feet in diameter at the base, 267 feet high and is surrounded by a magnificent grove of Big Trees.

1. The Nation's Christmas Tree. The Sanger Depot Museum website offers information on the General Grant Tree and how it became known as "The Nations Christmas Tree." As the nation's symbol of Christmas joy and goodwill, the General Grant giant redwood tree in King's Canyon is an icon of glory and splendor. Standing above 267 feet and measuring 33 feet in diameter at the base, this magificent tree has seen the decades go by like days on a calendar. The General Grant redwood tree is over 3,500 years old and stands in a grove of equally magnificent trees, a solitary reminder of the once massive forest which it was once a part of. (Submitted on March 5, 2010.) 

2. Our Nation's Christmas Tree. Information on the General Grant Tree from the National Park Service. (Submitted on March 5, 2010.) 

3. The Sanger Depot Museum. (Submitted on March 5, 2010.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. This page has been viewed 1,587 times since then and 107 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California.   3. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Wide area view of marker and its surrounding. Photo of the Sanger Depot. • Current photo of the General Grant Tree • Can you help?
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