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Oakhurst in Madera County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Fresno Flats Townsite

1856

 
 
Fresno Flats Townsite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, October 12, 2012
1. Fresno Flats Townsite Marker
Inscription. Fresno Flats was a farming and supply center for the mining and lumber industries. The local blacksmith was known throughout the area as the only one able to fabricate and repair large wheels. The oldest still-operating in Madera County Post Office opened here in 1874. Tired of hearing "Fresno Flats, That's where Charlie Meyers robbed the Yosemite Stage!", Mrs. C Meyers circulated a petition among newcomers to change the name to Oakhurst. Without the knowledge or consent of the pioneer families it became Oakhurst in 1912. The disgruntled oldtimers nicknamed it "Oh, Cursed!" The Old Missouri Saloon is to the East and the blacksmith barn to the West.
 
Erected 1997 by Grup Culch Chapter, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 19.583′ N, 119° 38.983′ W. Marker is in Oakhurst, California, in Madera County. Marker is at the intersection of Fresno Flats Road (Road 425B) and Crane Valley Road (Road 426), on the left when traveling south on Fresno Flats Road. Touch for map. Marker sits on Sierra Telephone property and is only 50 feet away from the French Trail marker erected in 2004. Marker is at or near this postal address: 39858 425B, Oakhurst CA 93644, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Fresno Flats Townsite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, October 12, 2012
2. Fresno Flats Townsite Marker
Marker sits in front of a Sierra Telephone maintenance lot.
At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old French Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Little Church on the Hill (approx. 0.6 miles away); Giant Sequoia Cutting (approx. 0.7 miles away); Madera Sugar Pine Flume (approx. 3.7 miles away); Wassama Roundhouse (approx. 5.1 miles away); Wassama Village (approx. 5.2 miles away); Coarsegold (approx. 5.2 miles away); Grub Gulch (approx. 6.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oakhurst.
 
Regarding Fresno Flats Townsite. Fresno Flats was one of the earliest settlements in Fresno County. When it was established, Madera County was part of Fresno County, and there was no city of Fresno yet in Fresno County.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
Fresno Flats image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa 1890
3. Fresno Flats
From an E Clampus Vitus pamphlet. The word Saloon can be seen on the building to the right.
Old building near the marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, October 12, 2012
4. Old building near the marker
This is likely the old blacksmith shop referred to on the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 15, 2012, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. This page has been viewed 419 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 15, 2012, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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