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Exeter in Tulare County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

San Joaquin Roller Mill

One Of the First Four Roller Mills in California

 
 
San Joaquin Roller Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, August 15, 2010
1. San Joaquin Roller Mill Marker
Inscription. Located just to the north on the People's Ditch, this mill, operating from 1854 to 1913, produced much of the flour used by early settlers of the valley
 
Erected 1978 by Dr. Samuel Gregg George Chapter 1855, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
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.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tulare County Election Tree (approx. 2.2 miles away); Butterfield Overland Mail (approx. 7 miles away).
 
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
San Joaquin Roller Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, August 15, 2010
2. San Joaquin Roller Mill Marker
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 Historical references point to John Firebaugh, who was credited as the founder of Exeter, as being the one that built the roller mill, but further research shows that he would have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.
 
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Found the San Joaquin Roller Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, July 16, 2005
3. Found the San Joaquin Roller Mill Marker
Relieved Clampers after finding the marker across the highway from its original location in 2005.
San Joaquin Roller Mill image. Click for full size.
By Firebaugh family collection, circa Late1800's
4. San Joaquin Roller Mill
From the Tulare County Sesquicentennial Collection
Roller Mill equipment image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa unknown
5. Roller Mill equipment
An early add for roller mill equipment. It is unknown what equipment the San Joaquin Vally Roller Mill used.
Across the Highway image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, August 15, 2010
6. Across the Highway
This picture shows the intersection of Highway 198 and Road 182, with the other side of 198 showing in the picture. The marker was originally located on the other side of this highway.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 16, 2010, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. This page has been viewed 698 times since then and 33 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.
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