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

Sycamore Point

Skaggs Bridge Park

 
 
Sycamore Point Marker image. Click for full size.
1. Sycamore Point Marker
Inscription. Steamboats carrying supplies for Millerton reached the head of navigation at Sycamore Point on the south bank of the San Joaquin River about one mile upstream from here. In the spring of 1852 and for many years thereafter paddle wheel steamers made regular trips during high water. Their cargoes were carried from that point on by wagon. The last steamer to reach this point was in 1911.
 
Erected 1963 by Jim Savage Chapter No. 1852, E Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 5.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 36° 49.333′ N, 120° 3.412′ W. Marker was in Kerman, California, in Fresno County. Marker could be reached from Madera Avenue (State Highway 145) 0.4 miles north of West Barstow Avenue. Click for map. Marker was in this post office area: Kerman CA 93630, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Kerman (approx. 7 miles away); Madera Zoo (approx. 9.5 miles away); Madera County Library Service (approx. 9.6 miles away); Madera to Yosemite Stage Route
Sycamore Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa 1963
2. Sycamore Point Marker
News article from 1963 showing the brass marker before it was installed
(approx. 9.7 miles away); Forestiere Underground Gardens (approx. 9.8 miles away); John Charles Fremont (approx. 10.2 miles away); Sierra Sky Park (approx. 10.4 miles away); Madera (approx. 12.3 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The actual location of Sycamore Point is upstream about a mile on private property. The brass marker commemorating Sycamore Point was affixed to a portion of the old Skaggs Bridge along the old path of Madera Avenue which had been destroyed by a flood years ago. The marker was apparently pried off by metal thieves.

The portion of the old Skaggs Bridge that the marker was placed on is now gone as well. Additional flooding and the ravages of time have reduced the old bridge to various pieces of old concrete rubble. A modern bridge stands to the west of the old bridge.
 
Regarding Sycamore Point. The steamer J. R. McDonald continued to navigate the San Joaquin River up to Sycamore point through 1911.
 
Also see . . .  Skagg's Bridge history. Included in this link is a picture of the J. R. McDonald docked at Sycamore Point in 1911. (Submitted on September 21, 2011, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California.)
Looking upriver towards Sycamore Point image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, August 29, 2010
3. Looking upriver towards Sycamore Point
The new modern bridge over the San Joaquin River is seen in this picture looking upstream from the old Skagg's Bridge. Sycamore Point was upstream from this location.
 
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
likely location of the old Skaggs Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, September 2, 2010
4. likely location of the old Skaggs Bridge
Sycamore Point is a mile upstream from this location
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. This page has been viewed 755 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on .   2. submitted on , by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California.   3, 4. submitted on , by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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