“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Woodlake in Tulare County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)


Woodlake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dr. Samuel Gregg George Chapter No. 1855 E Clampus Vitus
1. Woodlake Marker
Inscription.  This area for miles around was the ancestral home of the Wukchumne Yokuts until 1852 when Tulare County was established. Settlers came soon after to establish farms and cattle ranches along the north side of the Kaweah River. Floods in the 1860s caused them to move to higher grounds around what is now Woodlake. In 1872 the Wutchumna Ditch was dug to bring water through the area and a small reservoir called Bravo Lake was formed. Early in the twentieth century Gilbert Stevenson of Southern California envisioned a town near a much larger lake with tourist accommodations. In 1910 the Visalia Electric Railroad was run through Stevenson's new town. By 1912 a block square two story brick commercial building was built and streets, sidewalks, sewer and water lines were being installed, commercial and residential lots being sold and the lake greatly enlarged. But alas Gilbert Stevenson's money ran out, but the town he fathered continued to flourish. In 1941 Woodlake became an incorporated city and is a still growing center of trade for farms, citrus, and cattle ranches.
Erected 2015 by Dr. Samuel Gregg George
Woodlake Marker image. Click for full size.
2. Woodlake Marker
The marker is at the center of this photo.
Chapter 1855 of E Clampus Vitus.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 36° 24.842′ N, 119° 5.772′ W. Marker is in Woodlake, California, in Tulare County. Marker is on East Naranjo Boulevard, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located in Woodlake City Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Woodlake CA 93286, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ben Harris (approx. 4.6 miles away); Venice School (approx. 5.8 miles away); Tulare County Election Tree (approx. 5.9 miles away); San Joaquin Roller Mill (approx. 7.2 miles away); The Electric Railroad (approx. 8.1 miles away); Farmersville (approx. 10.1 miles away); Packwood Station (approx. 11.8 miles away); Camp Babbitt (approx. 12 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 24, 2019, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. This page has been viewed 44 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 24, 2019, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California.   2. submitted on October 31, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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