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

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


Vandalia Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dr. Samuel Gregg George Chapter No. 1855 E Clampus Vitus, January 21, 2013
1. Vandalia Marker
Inscription.  Between 1859 and 1862 Vandalia was developing as the largest trading center in the Tule River Watershed and the third largest settlement in Tulare County. Vandalia Village, three tenths of the a mile north of this monument was the first semblance of a community on the Tule River, with the first official post office, first school, first church, and first cemetery in the Tule River Valley. Among first settlers were William and David Campbell who located on an island in the mouth of the river their original homestead, including the present Vandalia School, Pioneer Junior High, Porterville College, Jamison Stadium and Freeway 190. Floods in 1862 and 1868 wiped out Vandalia Village along with homes of many settlers, however the influence of Vandalia is still felt in Southeastern Tulare County through the work of today's citizens whose roots go back to the first pioneers and the name Vandalia lives on as a school, a cemetery, an avenue, an irrigation district and a 4-H club.
Erected 1982 by Dr. Samuel Gregg George Chapter 1855 E Clampus Vitus.
Marker series. This
Vandalia Marker image. Click for full size.
2. Vandalia Marker
marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 36° 2.918′ N, 119° 0.685′ W. Marker is in Porterville, California, in Tulare County. Marker is on East College Avenue west of Road 252, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located in front of the Pioneer Middle School. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 225 East College Avenue, Porterville CA 93257, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Tule River Stage Station (approx. 0.4 miles away); Gabriel Moraga (approx. mile away); Nettie Smith's Place (approx. 1.3 miles away); Dr. Samuel Gregg George (approx. 1.4 miles away); Porterville's Badman (approx. 1.4 miles away); Elisha Packwood (approx. 1 miles away); Time Marches On (approx. 1 miles away); a different marker also named Tule River Stage Station (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Porterville.
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 26, 2019, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. This page has been viewed 57 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 26, 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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