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Mussel Slough Tragedy

 
 
Mussel Slough Tragedy Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael D Martin, March 14, 2011
1. Mussel Slough Tragedy Marker
Inscription.  Here on May 11, 1880, during a dispute over land titles between settlers and railroad, a fight broke out during which seven men lost lives -- two deputy U.S. Marshals and five ranchers. Legal struggle over titles finally compromised.
 
Erected 1950 by California Centennials Commission and Kings County Centennial Committee. (Marker Number 245.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1871.
 
Location. 36° 23.326′ N, 119° 42.53′ W. Marker is near Hanford, California, in Kings County. Marker is on 14th Avenue, 0.2 miles north of Elder Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5833 14th Avenue, Hanford CA 93230, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kingston (approx. 2.6 miles away); Kings County’s First Church (approx. 3.1 miles away); Kings County Jail
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(approx. 5.4 miles away); Kings County Courthouse (approx. 5.4 miles away); Carnegie Museum (approx. 5˝ miles away); El Adobe de Los Robles Ranchos (approx. 7 miles away); The Historic Kingsburg Jail (approx. 12.3 miles away); Fred French (approx. 12.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hanford.
 
Regarding Mussel Slough Tragedy. This site was designated California Historical Landmark No. 245 on September 28, 1936.
 
Also see . . .  Mussel Slough Tragedy (Wikipedia).
The Mussel Slough Tragedy was a dispute over land titles between settlers and the Southern Pacific Railroad that took place on May 11, 1880, on a farm located 5.6 miles northwest of Hanford, California, in the central San Joaquin Valley, leaving seven people dead.
(Submitted on September 25, 2023, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.) 
 
Mussel Slough Tragedy Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael D Martin, March 14, 2011
2. Mussel Slough Tragedy Marker
Veteran's Memorial Building, Hanford CA image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael D Martin, March 14, 2011
3. Veteran's Memorial Building, Hanford CA
Court House, Hanford CA image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael D Martin, March 14, 2011
4. Court House, Hanford CA
Old Jail in Hanford image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael D Martin, March 14, 2011
5. Old Jail in Hanford
Town Clock, Hanford CA image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael D Martin, March 14, 2011
6. Town Clock, Hanford CA
Carnegie Museum, Hanford CA image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael D Martin, March 14, 2011
7. Carnegie Museum, Hanford CA
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 29, 2023. It was originally submitted on March 16, 2011, by Michael D Martin of Gig Harbor, Washington. This page has been viewed 2,281 times since then and 63 times this year. Last updated on August 1, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 16, 2011, by Michael D Martin of Gig Harbor, Washington.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on March 18, 2011, by Michael D Martin of Gig Harbor, Washington. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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