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

North Fork

North Fork Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Grub-Gulch Chapter 41-49
1. North Fork Marker
Inscription.  Browns Place was established in 1852 when Milton Brown settled on the north fork of Willow Creek near this present location. His cabin was one of the first homes built in the area. As the many miners and stockmen came to the area, they used his homestead as a storage area for their wagons and supplies which they returned for as needed. The first road into this area started from Fort Miller and ambled to Crane Valley. This was a better route because the snow melted almost a full month earlier than the northern one. In 1888 through the efforts of the North Fork Lumber Company a post office was established in Albert Brown's home with him serving as postmaster. In 1893 the US Forest Service was formed and the headquarters was based here now known as North Fork. Around 1910 all freight and passengers came by stage and wagons. 16 horses or mules were needed to pull the two wagons to this stage stop. The timber industry was instrumental in the development of North Fork, bringing jobs and families to town.
Erected 2016 by Grub Gulch Chapter 41-49 E Clampus Vitus.
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marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1852.
Location. 37° 13.565′ N, 119° 30.601′ W. Marker is in North Fork, California, in Madera County. Marker is on Road 222, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 32926 Road 222, North Fork CA 93643, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oakhurst Centennial (approx. 10.1 miles away); Fresno Flats Townsite (approx. 10.4 miles away); Old French Trail (approx. 10.4 miles away); Hildreth Stage Robbery (approx. 10.6 miles away); Giant Sequoia Cutting (approx. 10.6 miles away); Coarsegold (approx. 10.8 miles away); Little Church on the Hill (approx. 10.8 miles away); Highway 49 - The Golden Chain (approx. 10.9 miles away).
Also see . . .  . (Submitted on April 15, 2020, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 15, 2020, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. This page has been viewed 225 times since then and 114 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on April 15, 2020. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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Sep. 21, 2023