“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Coulterville in Mariposa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)


Bagby Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard Wisehart, February 13, 2008
1. Bagby Marker
Inscription.  From a vista point near the 1,156 long, 130 foot high bridge, completed in 1966, the site of Bagby lies east under, and sometimes exposed beside, the back waters of Lake McClure. Bagby's history passed through three definite development eras. From 1850 to 1859 it was the site for Thomas E. Ridley's ferry. Then a dam and Fremont's water-powered stamp mills were built there, and the place renamed Benton Mills for his father-in-law. Later Benjamin A, Bagby built a hotel, store, saloon, and boarding house on the north side of the river. When Benton Mills post office was to be established on June 30, 1897, authorities found that a mining town in Mono County had prior claim to the name. Applicant N. C. Ray, a mining man, promptly chose the title Bagby in honor of his friend.

Bagby's subsequent history was integral with the importance of the Yosemite Valley Railroad, 1907 45. At its demise, Bagby diminished to a fisherman's resort. When inundation threatened in the early 1960's, Yosemite officials arranged removal of a turntable, twin water towers, and the Bagby Station to the Yosemite pioneer transportation center at El Portal. Bagby's remaining
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structures and old bridge were razed in late 1966. Where a stamp mill thundered and trains chugged, boaters now float. Among the first to launch a boat was B. A. Bagby's son, Everett.
Erected 2006 by Matuca Chapter 1849, E Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 6011.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsIndustry & CommerceNotable PlacesRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1897.
Location. 37° 36.61′ N, 120° 8.076′ W. Marker is near Coulterville, California, in Mariposa County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 49, 10.2 miles south of State Highway 132, on the left when traveling south. The marker is 39.0 miles from downtown Sonora (intersection of North Washington St and Stockton Rd). Marker is ~300 feet east of highway in the parking lot for the boat launching ramp (by the restroom). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Coulterville CA 95311, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fremont’s Fort (approx. 1.6 miles away); Mrs. E. Trabucco Store (approx. 2.9 miles away); Bear Valley (approx. 3 miles
Bagby Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard Wisehart, February 13, 2008
2. Bagby Marker
away); a different marker also named Bear Valley (approx. 3 miles away); May Rock (approx. 4.9 miles away); Coulterville Hotel (approx. 7.7 miles away); Coulterville (approx. 7.8 miles away); Whistling Billy (approx. 7.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coulterville.
More about this marker. Fresh new marker installed in 2006.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. The Yosemite Valley Railroad Marker is El Portal with photos of the turn-table, water towers and depot building.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 3, 2008, by Richard Wisehart of Sonora, California. This page has been viewed 2,971 times since then and 66 times this year. Last updated on March 4, 2008, by Richard Wisehart of Sonora, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 3, 2008, by Richard Wisehart of Sonora, California. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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