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

Visalia Saddle

 
 
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By Dr. Samuel Gregg George Chapter No. 1855 E Clampus Vitus
1. Visalia Saddle Marker
Inscription.  Around the 1860's the Mexican saddle makers of this area developed a new saddle for the working vacquero. The names associated with the development of this new stock saddle are J. Martarell, J. Salazar, R. Mattley, and A. Herrera. All were old friends and were at this time repairing and making saddles both independently and cooperatively around the Visalia area.
In 1870 David E. Walker opened a saddle shop at this location then known as 60 Main Street. It was known as the "Visalia Saddle Shop". The men listed above who knew how to put this together, by now the very new and popular style of saddle, were brought together at this shop and the "Visalia Saddle" was produced and very successfully marketed.
The saddle trees were cut from native oak crotches and carved by Mr. Mattley. The leather was "oak tanned" locally. The silver work on saddles, spurs, bits, etc. was done by Mr. Herrera and the saddles and tack were in all ways a Visalia product. At different times, the firm was Walker and Shuhan, Walker and Wade, and Walker and Wegner. The Visalia Times of 1887 describes the shop "as the largest of it's kind with saddles, bridles,
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By Craig Baker
2. Visalia Saddle Marker
spurs, bits, harness here displayed and of the best kind. The saddles are everywhere, being shipped to all parts of the country". A saddle store was opened in San Francisco in 1887 and the Visalia store was turned over to D. E. Walker's nephew E. W. Weeks and Mr. Walker moved to San Francisco to run the store there. In 1894, at 47, he passed away and Mr. Weeks carried on the business until his passing in the early 1930's. It then went into steady decline and was moved to Sacramento where a disastrous fire delivered the final blow in the early 1960's. All modern stock saddles today are the direct descendants of "The Visalia Saddle".
 
Erected 2001 by Dr. Samuel Gregg George Chapter 1855 of E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 36° 19.806′ N, 119° 17.44′ W. Marker is in Visalia, California, in Tulare County. Marker is on East Main Street west of North Court Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is to the left of the main entrance to the Brewbakers Brewing Company. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 219 East Main Street, Visalia CA 93291, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Butterfield Overland Mail (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Visalia Chinatown
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(about 600 feet away); The Old Tulare County Jail (about 800 feet away); The Hanging of J.G. McCrory (approx. 0.2 miles away); Visalia Times-Delta (approx. 0.4 miles away); Camp Babbitt (approx. 0.4 miles away); Farmersville (approx. 5.2 miles away); Packwood Station (approx. 6.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Visalia.
 
Also see . . .  Visalia Stock Saddle Company. A detailed history and time line for the Visalia Stock Saddle Company. (Submitted on October 25, 2019.) 
 
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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 62 times since then and 6 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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