Near Reedley in Fresno County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Major James D. Savage
Despite his relationship with the Indians Savage joined a band of men to fight them after several attacks and rumors of war. Governor John MacDougal eventually commissioned Savage as Major in the California Militia forming the Mariposa Battalion to fight the Indians. In 1851 a tentative surrender agreement was reached. While trailing renegades, Savage and his men ventured into the mysterious Yosemite Valley becoming some of the first white men to enter and behold its beauty.
On the 16th day of August, 1852,
Erected 2015 by Jim Savage Chaper 1852, E Clampus Vitus.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 36° 37.831′ N, 119° 27.469′ W. Marker is near Reedley, California, in Fresno County. Marker is on Reed Avenue ¼ mile south of East Adams Avenue, on the right when traveling Touch for map. Marker is in the outside parking area for the Hillcrest Christmas Tree Farm. A related marker put up by Rotary sits a half mile in on private property and is not accessible from the road. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6943 South Reed Avenue, Reedley CA 93654, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wagon Bridge (approx. 1.9 miles away); Poole's Ferry (approx. 3.2 miles away); Kings River - Centerville (approx. 7½ miles away); Sanger (approx. 7.8 miles away); The History of the Town Kingsburg (approx. 9½ miles away); Libby, McNeill and Libby Cannery (approx. 9½ miles away); Frank Dusy (approx. 9½ miles away); George Boyle (approx. 9.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Reedley.
Regarding Major James D. Savage. Major James D. Savage is recognized for leading the Mariposa Battalion into Yosemite Valley in 1851 in search of the "Yose Mite Indians". Led by Native American guides that knew the area well, the members of the battalion are believed to be the first non-natives to view Yosemite Valley. Although he was an extremely rich man from his mining and trading operations, he lived a simple life among the natives and died defending local tribes he had
Categories. • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 9, 2017, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. This page has been viewed 187 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 9, 2017, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.