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

Old French Trail

1878 - 1930

 
 
Old French Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, October 12, 2012
1. Old French Trail Marker
Inscription. Fresno Flats (Oakhurst) was the western end of the Old French Trail (Fresno Flats Trail). Built by J. S. French, it was 54 miles long and a vital east - west route for supplies, mail, equipment and pioneers through the Sierra Mountains.
It connected the mining camps of Mammoth City, Mill City, Mineral Park and Pine City with Fresno Flats. The one way fare was 15 dollars per person and 20 lbs free weight was 8 cents per pound.
After the mines failed in the 1880's, the trail was used as the route from Fresno Flats to Mammoth by ranchers, sheep herders, prespectors and the U S Forest Svs until the 1930's. Although remnents are all that remain of the Old French Trail, it made a big impact on the growth of Madera and Mono Counties.
 
Erected 2004 by Grub Gulch Chapter #41 and Bodie Chapter# 64, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 19.6′ N, 119° 38.967′ W. Marker is in Oakhurst, California, in Madera County. Marker is on Fresno Flats Road (Road 425B) mile south of Crane Valley Road (Road 426), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker sits right next to an old building from the original town of Fresno
Old French Trail Marker with Fresno Flats building in background image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, October 12, 2012
2. Old French Trail Marker with Fresno Flats building in background
A chain link fence preserves one of the buildings from the town of Fresno Flats that was the West end of the Old French Trail.
Flats. It is about 50 feet from the Fresno Flats marker. Marker is at or near this postal address: 39858 425B, Oakhurst CA 93644, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fresno Flats Townsite (within shouting distance of this marker); Little Church on the Hill (approx. 0.6 miles away); Giant Sequoia Cutting (approx. 0.6 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. 5.3 miles away); Grub Gulch (approx. 6.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oakhurst.
 
More about this marker. This is the West end of the Old French Trail. There is a similar marker in Mono County to mark the East end of the trail.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Marker placed in Mono County at the east end of the trail.
 
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Old French Trail Route Carved Into Wood image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, October 12, 2012
3. Old French Trail Route Carved Into Wood
Old French Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, October 12, 2012
4. Old French Trail Marker
An old building from the original Fresno Flats before the town of Oakhurst was established. The building was likely used by the town blacksmith.
 
 
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 473 times since then and 66 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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