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Stanislaus County Markers
California (Stanislaus County), Ceres — Ceres Volunteer Fire Department
Dedicated to the CERES VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT Organized June 1, 1911 George W. Wood First Chief — Reorganized 1921— Erected by the People of Ceres 1940 — Map (db m19468) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Ceres — Ceres War Memorial
Remember those who Remembered us. The Living – The Dead The POW – The MIA They Will Not Be Forgotten. Dedicated November 11. 1989 Founder Glen R. Perales Vietnam Vet W.W. I Sterling Pack • H. Barker • Harold Johnson • Oscar Snover • Cecil Thompson • Edgar Annear W.W. II Tillson Barrows • Paul Hickey • John Boyd • Dale Swift + • Walter F. Perra • Richard T. Everts • Poney L. Amant + • Fred E. Koepky • Stan E. Stevens • Jerold . . . — Map (db m19462) WM
California (Stanislaus County), Empire — 418 — Empire City
1 mile south of this spot is the site of Empire City. Founded 1850 by John G. Marvin . Head of navigation on the Tuolumne River, military supply depot and 2nd county seat of Stanislaus County. Destroyed by flood in 1861 – 62. Dedicated Oct. 28, 1961 Estanislao Chapter No. 58 E. Clampus Vitus — Map (db m19453) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Empire — 418 — Empire City
Two miles south of this spot was the site of “Empire City,” located on the south bank of the river. Founded in 1850 by John C. Marvin. The town was head of navigation on the Tuolumne River. It was a military supply depot for Forts Miller and Tahone. Elected the second Stanislaus County Seat on October 21, 1854. Three stores, one three story hotel, two boarding houses, a blacksmith shop, church and a school house were present. Vessels called “Petite Steamers” like the . . . — Map (db m20210) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Knights Ferry — Buena Vista
On October 3, 1806 a military and missionary expedition, led by Gabriel Moraga, encountered a native tribe a mile or two upstream from what is now Knights Ferry. This settlement, which became Buena Vista, was probably started by J.S. Grayson in 1850. Nearby, on Goat Hill, was a large Indian rancheria, complete with sweat lodge. Local Indians renounced tribal land claims in exchange for trade goods. Bands of the tribe came here seeking a haven from the onslaught of gold miners. In its . . . — Map (db m42176) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Knights Ferry — 347 — Knights Ferry
Picturesque mining center and trading post, 1849, once called Dentville. Early ferry to the southern mines; county seat 1862-72; rare wooden covered bridge reputedly designed by U. S. Grant, brother-in-law of the Dent brothers, 1854; old flour mill, 1854. — Map (db m6367) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Knights Ferry — Knight's Ferry — 1849 - 1930
Knight's Ferry was founded by Captain William Knight, a member of Fremont's expedition of 1844. This town was a center of great mining activity and was a distributing point for the mother lode country. In 1854 the first sawmill and flour mill for this territory was erected by Locke and Dent. General U.S. Grant visited his brother-in-law George Dent, in 1854. Knight's Ferry was the county seat of Stanislaus County from 1862 until 1872. Erected by the Major Hugh Moss Chapter Daughters . . . — Map (db m42195) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Knights Ferry — Knights Ferry - The Store
Founded in 1852. This grocery store has been in continuous operation sever since. Making it the oldest store of its kind in the state of California. It has survived several disastrous floods that struck this community. The old pot bellied stove at the rear of the store has served as a meeting place for town notables for years. — Map (db m12932) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Knights Ferry — Knights Ferry Covered Bridge
Built in 1864, to replace the original bridge washed away by the flood of 1862. Fastened together with locust pins. A toll bridge until purchased by Stanislaus County in 1885. Dedicated May 30, 1948 Rededicated May 2, 1988 — Map (db m12013) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Knights Ferry — Knights Ferry Hook & LadderEst. December 8, 1871
The Hook and Ladder Fire Wagon was purchased in New York, by Knights Ferry and shipped around the Horn. Arriving in San Francisco in 1872. On arrival it was “claimed” by a S.F. Fire Company. A delegation from Knights Ferry liberated the fire wagon and brought it home. In 1998 the Oakdale Rural Volunteers completely rebuilt it to its original splendor. — Map (db m12945) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Knights Ferry — Knights Ferry No. 2
Blacksmith Shop   Fire House Built by Isaac Dakin 1853. Destroyed by fire. Rebuilt by voluntary labor and donations. Dedicated 29 May 1982 Summit Lodge No. 112 F&AM — Map (db m42142) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Knights Ferry — Miller's Saloon
Built 1860's by Fred Miller; the finest bar, pool hall, card room, and dance hall in the area. Sold to R. V. Shaw in 1903 who operated a hotel here for years; later known as John Greenhalgh Hall. Napier family sold to the Knights Ferry History and Museum Associates in 1985. Erected 17 April 1988 Estanislao 58, E Clampus Vitus — Map (db m42153) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Knights Ferry — The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus
The establishment of Estanislao Chapter 58 occurred on June 21, 1958. The inaugural meeting took place at the historic Tulloch Flour Mill in Knights Ferry under the direction of Noble Grand Humbug W.S. 'Walt' Hargrove. There were forty-eight founding and charter members present. Named after Yokut Chief Estanislao and sponsored by Matuca Chapter 1849, the charter was granted by Grand Council Decree. The territory was limited to Stanislaus County and in 1962 was extended to include Merced County. . . . — Map (db m42128) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Knights Ferry — Tulloch’s Mill
In the late 1850’s David Loche built Knight’s Ferry’s first flour mill. It was destroyed by the flood of 1862, and a second new mill was built here by David Tulloch. A dam upstream diverted water to a water wheel which turned the millstones. Before the turn of the century, Charles Tulloch, David’s son, converted the flour mill into a hydroelectric plant. This plant provided electrical power for the surrounding countryside until the late 1920’s. — Map (db m12928) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Knight's Ferry — Rancheria del Rio Estanislao
Mexican land grant. 11 Sq. leagues, - 48,887 acres - made to Francisco Rico and A. Castro on Dec. 29, 1843 by Gov. Micheltorena. Patent signed by Pres. A. Lincoln on Jan. 21, 1863. Abraham Schell bought 3½ leagues in 1863 and with George H. Krause founded the famous Red Mountain Vineyard and Winery. Erected April 20, 1968 Estanislao Chapter No. 58 E Clampus Vitus — Map (db m42103) HM
California (Stanislaus County), La Grange — 414 — La Grange
French settlers originally established the community of French Bar along the Tuolumne River in 1850. After the destructive floods of 1851-52, citizens of French Bar relocated one mile upstream above the flood plain. Renamed La Grange, the new town prospered as a mining and agricultural community, and served as the county seat of Stanislaus County from 1856 to 1862. — Map (db m42578) HM
California (Stanislaus County), La Grange — La Grange
This area has seen four phases of mining – placer, tunneling, hydraulic. And dredging. This bucket, one of a chain of 100, holds 12 c.f. and is from one of the worlds largest dredges. The Tuolumne Gold Dredging Co. started operation of the dredge on June 15, 1938 and continued until 1949 when it was abandoned about 3 miles south of here. Other and smaller dredges operated on this river west of La Grange. — Map (db m42595) HM
California (Stanislaus County), La Grange — La Grange Gold Dredge Co. Camp
In this stand of eucalyptus trees lie the remains of the La Grange Gold Dredge Co. Camp. Here unmarried miners lived in a small community while they operated huge dredging machines near and on the Tuolumne River. The camp was abandoned in 1951 when the price of gold no longer paid the cost of recovering it. — Map (db m46325) HM
California (Stanislaus County), La Grange — La Grange Saloon
The original saloon on this site burned on January 13, 1897 as a result of a fire in the adjacent Coulter Hotel. The saloon owner Louis Levaggi, erected the present building the same year for 13,000. It was known as the “Metropolitan”. The back bar and counter were purchased from a saloon in Hornitos, Ca. Levaggi paid for the building in one year by selling 86,670 shots of whiskey at 15 cents per shot. The saloon catered mainly to miners and workers on the La Grange Dam, but has . . . — Map (db m42575) HM
California (Stanislaus County), La Grange — LaFayette Historical Lodge #65
This is one of the oldest continuously occupied buildings in LaGrange. In 1857, Lodge #65 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of California was formed. The Odd Fellows purchased the two story jail from the County in 1862 and it was used for meetings until 1880. In 1880 land was purchased from Mrs. Margaret A. Basso for $100 – in gold coin. G. W. Jones, a member was contracted to build a two story structure for $1350. The style was indicative of the Greek Revival architecture. The . . . — Map (db m42571) HM
California (Stanislaus County), La Grange — Saint Louis Mission
Built in 1852 by the French inhabitants of the Township of La Grange and dedicated by the Catholic Church in 1854 as a mission. It is the first church of any denomination in Stanislaus County. — Map (db m42565) HM
California (Stanislaus County), La Grange — 1 — The Old Barn – First Adobe Building
First adobe building in La Grange Built prior to 1850 Used for post office and later stables for horses that brought freight in from Waterford. — Map (db m42585) HM
California (Stanislaus County), La Grange — The Old Jail
Formerly at the foot of Main Street. Replaced one built in 1858, which burned in June, 1900. A few Clampers may have slept here, but Clampers helped restore this building in 1976. — Map (db m42596) HM
California (Stanislaus County), La Grange — The Old La Grange Schoolhouse
This building, circa 1875, replaced the Branch District School that was built of rough lumber in 1855. Typical of the era, it is one room with handmade furnishings, porch and bell tower. A native of Iowa, C. C. Wright came here and began teaching in about 1866. He became a notable, self-taught lawyer, and from 1876 to 1879 served as District Attorney of Stanislaus County. He was elected to the State Assembly in 1886. On January 11, 1887 he introduced a bill to create irrigation districts. The . . . — Map (db m42562) HM
California (Stanislaus County), La Grange — Tuolumne Gold Dredge
Behind this monument rests the historic Tuolumne Gold Dredge which started operation at Patricksville, just east of this location, on June 15, 1938. A Walter Johnson No. 52 Model, it floated on a self-created pond of water. It was larger than a football field, weighed over 2500 tons, and cost $543,148 to construct. The dredge used electricity to drive 120 4000 lb. buckets 70 ft. deep to recover gold. It ceased operation in July 1951. The total amount of gold recovered is unknown. — Map (db m7323) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Modesto — Andrew McGinnes
He laid down his life in the line of duty, 1892 Stanislaus County Sheriff And Deputy Marshall ________________ Dedicated May 8, 2002 E Clampus Vitus, Chapter No.58 And Stanislaus County Peace Officers Assn. — Map (db m19459) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Modesto — Grand Army of the Republic
Grant Post #9 Modesto, California 1879 – 1938 GAR This plot was dedicated to the GAR members of Grant Post #9 who fought for the Union during the Civil War of 1861-1865. The post was chartered in 1879 with ten members and grew to several hundred. The remains of 36 of these veterans are buried here. In 1907 Col. James Thompson and James Needham obtained two cannons from the U.S. Government Armory at Benicia. The twenty-four pounder coastal guns were cast in 1844 at the West . . . — Map (db m19455) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Modesto — Modesto – Stanislaus County Seat
Originally called “Ralston” after the founder who was too modest to permit the use of his name, hence “Modesto” Adamsville – 1854, Named after Doctor Adams, the only physician in the area. Empire City – 1854-1855, Original city completely destroyed by floods, the present Empire being slightly north of the original city. La Grange – 1856-1861, Originally “French Bar” named after the French miners who settled here to mine gold. . . . — Map (db m19506) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Modesto — Modesto Pioneer Cemetery
Formerly Independent Order of Odd Fellows (Wildey Lodge) Cemetery The flagpole and bricks used in this monument are from the Hughson Hotel built in 1913 by Luella Hughson. This modern hotel had a 36 foot redwood flagpole where the American flag was flown every day. The Hughson Hotel was torn down in 1998. — Map (db m58587) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Modesto — Modesto War Memorial
[Panel 1:] PEACE This silent tribute to the fallen heros of Stanislaus County who gave their lives for family and country that Freedom and Peace may endure. They bravely fought not for fame or glory but for Liberty and Right. We treasure their memory and honor their deeds for they belong to us for eternity. Their names shall not be forgotten. WORLD WAR I Herbert H Adams • Edgar H Annear • H Barker • Lenne E Bean • Guy W Boardman • Arthur W . . . — Map (db m19482) WM
California (Stanislaus County), Modesto — Modesto War Memorial
In memory to those who gave their lives for God and their Country — Map (db m41091) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Modesto — Silent City
The first recorded burial here was in 1860, but oral history says there were burials as early as 1850. Veterans of wars and conflicts since the Civil War are also buried here. In 1890 a wooden sidewalk was built from downtown so that the ladies’ dresses wouldn’t get muddy when they visited the graves of Modesto and Stanislaus County are at rest here. Administered and Maintained by the Modesto Cemetery Association Dedicated May 18, 1996 Estanislao Chapter 58 E Clampus Vitus Map (db m19458) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Modesto — The Guns Are Silent
[Upper Plaque] Honoring those who served, those who fought, and those who gave the last full measure of devotion to us, their families, and their Country. Their sacrifice is priceless, there courage supreme, and their devotion eternal. May We Always Be Worthy World War I World War I 1917 - 1918 World War II 1941 - 1945 Korean War 1950 - 1955 Vietnam War 1964 - 1975 Persian Gulf War 1990 - 1991 Expedition Forces All July 4, 1991 [Lower Plaque] . . . — Map (db m41094) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Modesto — The McHenry Mansion
The McHenry Mansion, built in 1883 by Robert McHenry, prominent local rancher/banker, is a fine example of the Victorian Italianate Style of architecture. In 1923, it was converted into apartments and remained as such until 1976 when the Julio R. Gallo Foundation purchased it and donated it to the City of Modesto for restoration and for community use. The mansion is decorated and furnished with antiques appropriate to the period when Robert and his wife, Matilda, inhabited the mansion (1883 . . . — Map (db m19470) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Modesto — The Paper Boy
October 12, 1995 Betty Saletta, Sculptor [Second Marker:] For much of our community’s history, the young person who delivered The Modesto Bee to our homes has been an enduring symbol of initiative and pluck. The paper boy celebrates the timeless treasure of hope bestowed upon each generation by its youth. May our community always nurture the priceless gift of our children. — Map (db m19507) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Newman — Founding Day April 28, 1888
On April 28, 1888 Simon Newman and the SP ran a special train from Oakland to bring potential land purchasers and investors. These were joined by the residents of Hills Ferry and the surrounding area. All who gathered enjoyed a huge barbecue and picnic. The lots in the future city of Newman were auctioned in an atmosphere of conviviality. They sold well, surpassing the expectations of the Simon Newman Co. and Pacific Improvement Company. Subsequently, 320 acres were laid aside for the city on . . . — Map (db m69132) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Newman — Hills FerryHistoric Landmark
Founded 1849 by Judge O D Dickerson. Named for Jesse Hill Operator of the Ferry Boat that landed just upstream under the present bridge site. — Map (db m58204) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Newman — Orestimba
A local Indian word for "meeting place". Nearby are the famous Indian rocks and sycamore grove where mission padres met with the local Indian tribes. Visited by Lt. Moraga and Fr. Viader on October 25, 1810. Became a favorite watering place for travelers of El Camino Viejo, "the Old Road", that traversed the west side of the valley from San Pedro to San Antonio". Erected April 20, 1974 Estanislao Chapter No. 58 Garland R. Goesch NGH E Clampus Vitus — Map (db m61582) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Newman — West of This Point is the California Aqueduct
West of this point is the California Aqueduct which parallels Interstate Highway 5 for about 250 miles in the San Joaquin Valley. The aqueduct is a major part of the California State Water Project operated by the State Department of Water Resources. The aqueduct transports water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the San Joaquin Valley for irrigation and municipal uses and to Southern California for municipal use a distance of 444 miles. It also serves water to the South Bay . . . — Map (db m54686) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Oakdale — Langworth
Site of the town of Langworth. Founded in 1860 by Henry Langworthy It was on a branch of the old Mariposa Road that crossed the Stanislaus River at Islips Ferry. Was part of the 8 square league rancho granted by Mexico to A. B. Thompson in 1846. Langworth post office, 1864-1871, was moved to Oakdale when the railroad was built. Erected October 15, 1966 Estanislao Chapter No. 58 E Clampus Vitus — Map (db m6365) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Oakdale — Oakdale Railroad Depot
Original depot, brought from Peters, California in 1871 was place several feet south and east of present location. It was destroyed by fire. The new depot was built on its current site, adjacent to F Street between railroad tracks and East The community of Oakdale was surveyed and laid out as a grid of streets centered on the first railroad depot. By 1904, Oakdale had become a point of convergence for five railroads. Dedicated as a point of historical interest by Oakdale Parlor No. . . . — Map (db m58874) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Patterson — Hotel Del Puerto
Former Site of Hotel Del Puerto {picture of the former hotel} Completed in 1910 Destroyed by fire 1996 — Map (db m27344) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Patterson — Patterson & Western Railroad
The narrow gauge railroad winding some 25 miles from Patterson through Del Puerto Canyon operated from Sept. 20, 1916 to August 14, 1920. During World War I, the railroad brought the much needed minerals of magnesite, manganese chrome and quicksilver down the rugged canyon to the processing plant. The railroad served dozens of mines. There was a 3,000 foot tramway up to a mine high up on the side of the canyon. The furthermost terminal was the station of Jones, believed to be 3.8 miles west of . . . — Map (db m17968) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Patterson — Patterson's Westside Bell
This bell was for many years at the honor farm at Frank Raines Park in the Del Puerto Canyon and was returned to Patterson because it was believed to be either the old Las Palmas School bell or the Presbyterian Church bell, both structures which are gone. Dedicated on June 2, 2000 by the Patterson Township Historical Society The monument was erected with love by community members using bricks recovered from the fire damaged Del Puerto Hotel. A time capsule nearby was dedicated on . . . — Map (db m27357) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Patterson — Rancho del Puerto
A 3 Sq. League - 13,340 acres - Rancho granted to Mariano and Pedro Hernandez on Jan. 20, 1844 by Gov. M. Micheltorina. Confirmed by the Land Commissioners on May 22, 1855 and by the U.S. District Court on Mar. 22, 1857. Patent issued by Pres. A. Lincoln on Aug. 15, 1864 to S. G. Reed and R. S. Wade. The grant was purchased in 1866 by J. D. Patterson and subdivided in 1909 to form Patterson Colony. Erected Oct. 23, 1971 Estanislao Chapter No. 58 David C. Boling, NGH E Clampus Vitus — Map (db m27312) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Riverbank — Riverbank Historical Museum
This building was constructed in 1921 by the Andrew Carnegie Foundation and served as a public library. In 1996 it was placed into the National Registry of Historic Places. The history of our community is preserved in this museum by the Riverbank Historical Society. — Map (db m19460) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Roberts Ferry — Roberts Ferry
Originally located 3/8 mile downstream, this ferry was first established by Dr. B. D. Horr about 1850. Later owned by Dickenson and by Osborn, it was purchased by John W. Roberts in 1862 and moved to this location in 1865. The ferry was the principal crossing of the Tuolumne River on the old Stockton-Mariposa Road. — Map (db m42598) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Roberts Ferry — Roberts Ferry History Walk
[A short walk starting on the eastern side of the Roberts Ferry Covered Bridge; walking south, crossing over to the western side and returning north. Interpretive markers are placed along both sides covering the timeline from the first people who lived in the area to the building of the covered bridge in 1999.] The First People The first people in this area for whom we have historical records were the Yokuts who lived throughout the San Joaquin Valley. Only the names of six . . . — Map (db m42617) HM
California (Stanislaus County), Waterford — 347 — Knight's Ferry
Picturesque mining center and trading post, 1849, once called Dentville. Early ferry to the southern mines; county seat 1862-72; rare wooden covered bridge reputedly designed by U. S. Grant, brother-in-law of the Dent brothers, 1854; old flour mill, 1854. — Map (db m69734) HM
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