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


“Verrendo” Spanish for Male Antelope

Berenda Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, January 6, 2007
1. Berenda Marker
Inscription. June 1872 a former Fresno County Sheriff Leroy Dennis erected a store and hotel. Feb. 12, 1873 the first official Post Office of Madera County opened. Service stopped on Mar. 23, 1919 and USPS renamed the town Berenda "Female Antelope". The Central Pacific Railroad came through and Berenda became a farming community with several hotels, blacksmith shops and saloons. Cattle ranchers Miller and Lux built and donated a school house. As a gateway to Yosemite, Berenda's boom days were in the late 1880's when Yosemite tourism was by stage. After a wet winter in 1885-1886 stages crossing wet range lands caused delays for tourism from Berenda to Raymond thus creating a new gateway to Yosemite. As the Madera area grew larger and more industrial Berenda began to shrink. The boom time was over and all that remains are a few buildings and this old schoolhouse.
Erected 2006 by E Clampus Vitus, Grub Gulch Chapter 41-49.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 37° 2.269′ N, 120° 9.211′ W. Marker is in Madera, California, in Madera County. Marker is on Golden State Boulevard (Highway 99) half a mile from Road 20 1/2, on the right when traveling south. Click for map
Berenda Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, July 8, 2007
2. Berenda Marker
Highway 99 can be seen in the background.
. The schoolhouse and a private residence are the only buildings on the Golden State frontage road to Highway 99 midway between the city of Madera and the city of Fairmead. Marker is in this post office area: Madera CA 93637, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Madera to Yosemite Stage Route (approx. 7.4 miles away); Madera County Library Service (approx. 7.4 miles away); Madera Zoo (approx. 7.4 miles away); Railroads of Chowchilla (approx. 8.2 miles away); Madera (approx. 8.9 miles away).
More about this marker. In order to reach the marker, you need to exit Highway 99 at Road 20 1/2 and take the frontage road South. One half mile down Golden State you will come up on the personal residence driveway with the marker to the left of the driveway. The schoolhouse is visible behind the marker.
Regarding Berenda. The current school was remodeled at one time based on vintage photos of the original school.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. A marker placed in Raymond at the other end of the railroad spur.
Categories. EducationSettlements & Settlers
Berenda School image. Click for full size.
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3. Berenda School
Old undated picture of the Berenda School as it originally looked.
Berenda School image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, July 8, 2007
4. Berenda School
Berneda School as it looks today sitting in a plowed field.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. This page has been viewed 385 times since then and 154 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 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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