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

Converse Basin Grove

 
 
Converse Basin Grove Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 28, 2011
1. Converse Basin Grove Marker
Inscription. One of the largest stands of Giant Sequoias, it contained some of the finest Big Trees. The grove was logged as a private land between 1897 and 1907, first by the Sanger Lumber Company and later by Hume-Bennett Lumber Company, which in 1909 developed Hume Lake for a mill. Converse Basin, two miles northeast of this monument, had its own mill and narrow gauge rail connection to the logging town of Millwood, from which lumber was sent to Sanger in the valley by flume. Although they never realized any profit, the companies cut several thousand Big Trees and left only the largest, the Boole Tree, unfelled. The area today is part of Sequoia National Forest which regulates all uses including logging, but none of the ancient giant sequoias will ever be commercially cut again.
 
Erected 1977 by Jim Savage Chapter 1852, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 36° 46.685′ N, 118° 57.624′ W. Marker is near Dunlap, California, in Fresno County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 180 and Forest Service Road 13S03, on the left when traveling north on State Highway 180. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dunlap CA 93621, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Converse Basin Grove Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 28, 2011
2. Converse Basin Grove Marker
At least 7 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gamlin Cabin (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Centennial Stump (approx. 2.2 miles away); General Grant Tree Trail (approx. 2.3 miles away); The Fallen Monarch (approx. 2.3 miles away); Technology in Timber County... (approx. 3.5 miles away); Millwood (approx. 4.1 miles away); Dunlap Cemetery (approx. 10.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Converse Basin Grove, Boole Tree and Chicago Stump. National Park Service offers information, photos, site map and directions how to get there. (Submitted on July 12, 2011.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Converse Basin Grove Marker
I built this marker myself with very little help. It is 50 plus miles from home and being an undertaker with odd hours it was hard to get a work crew together. The Forest Service Super. and I could never get together to pick a spot for the monument. Finely he told me to pick a spot and he would be there for the dedication, he was pleased with the placement. I check it at least once a year. A Clamper stoneman did the lettering in black granite for me. For sure there are Clamper memory items in the base.
George L Page XNGH #17
Jim Savage Chapter 1852
    — Submitted November 12,
Converse Basin Grove dedication pamphlet image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, September 20, 2010
3. Converse Basin Grove dedication pamphlet
Front page of the 1977 Converse Basin Dedication pamphlet.
2011, by George L Page of Kingsburg, California.

 
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Converse Basin Grove dedication pamphlet image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, September 20, 2010
4. Converse Basin Grove dedication pamphlet
Inside of the dedication pamphlet from 1977
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 905 times since then and 30 times this year. Last updated on , by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, 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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