Exeter in Tulare County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
San Joaquin Roller Mill
One Of the First Four Roller Mills in California
Erected 1978 by Dr. Samuel Gregg George Chapter 1855, E Clampus Vitus.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list.
Location. 36° 19.617′ N, 119° 9.987′ W. Marker is in Exeter, California, in Tulare County. Marker is at the intersection of County Road 182 and Drive 182 on County Road 182. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 29670 Road 182, Exeter CA 93221, 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. Venice School (approx. 2 miles away); Tulare County Election Tree (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Electric Railroad (approx. 2˝ miles away); Farmersville (approx. 3 miles away); Packwood Station (approx. 4.6 miles away); The Hanging of J.G. McCroryCamp Babbitt (approx. 6.8 miles away); Visalia Chinatown (approx. 6.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Exeter.
More about this marker. The marker was originally erected on the Highway 198 right-of-way in 1978. A trip to view and clean markers in July of 2005 found that the marker was no longer where it had been originally placed along the highway. While standing at the site of the marker, one of the group spied the marker across the highway on Drive 182. Apparently Cal Trans employees had gotten a local homeowner to agree to have the marker placed in front of their property about 30 yards away from the original spot when the highway was widened some years back. The Clampers of Tulare County breathed a sigh of relief to see the marker nicely displayed close by the original location.
Regarding San Joaquin Roller Mill. Historical references point to John Firebaugh, who was credited as the founder of Exeter, as being the one that built the roller mill, but further research shows that he would have been 8 years old in 1854 when the mill started. What is known is that John Firebaugh and partners were once owners of the mill.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 16, 2010, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. This page has been viewed 815 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 16, 2010, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.