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

Camp Nelson

Camp Nelson Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dr. Samuel Gregg George Chapter No. 1855 E Clampus Vitus, July 2, 2013
1. Camp Nelson Marker
Inscription.  Named after John Milton Nelson who came to California in 1850 and in 1886 homesteaded here and built a cabin near this spot. He visited here first in the 1860's while traveling over the Jordan Trail to the Owens Valley. This resort was first used by the Yaudanche Yokuts as a summer village which they called "Ketilmuh." Known in the late 1880's as "Prohibition Valley" - a name that was replaced in the 1890's by the fame of "Mr. Nelson's Camp." By 1901 a hotel and store were in operation: a sawmill had been packed in from Springville, and cabins were being built for summer homes. People came from the hot lower regions to spend time in the pinery fishing, hunting or just enjoying the cool unhurried atmosphere.

1906 new two story log hotel with 12 rooms completed
1907 road built to Camp Wishon, 8 miles from Nelson's
1909 John M. Nelson passed away at 78 years of age
1922 road completed to Camp Nelson from The Forks
1927 log hotel burned, new lodge begun
1931 mutual water company organized
1947 electricity brought to Camp Nelson
1956 telephone line reached Camp Nelson
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1996 by Dr. Samuel Gregg George Chapter 1855 of E Clampus Vitus.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical date for this entry is October 26, 1996.
Location. 36° 8.367′ N, 118° 36.871′ W. Marker is in Springville, California, in Tulare County. Marker is on Nelson Drive, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1699 Nelson Drive, Camp Nelson CA 93208, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle Mountain (approx. 11.7 miles away); Roads End (approx. 15.9 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 27, 2019, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. This page has been viewed 281 times since then and 101 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on October 27, 2019, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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Dec. 9, 2023