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Knights Ferry in Stanislaus County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Buena Vista

 
 
Buena Vista Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 30, 2011
1. Buena Vista Marker
Inscription. On October 3, 1806 a military and missionary expedition, led by Gabriel Moraga, encountered a native tribe a mile or two upstream from what is now Knights Ferry.

This settlement, which became Buena Vista, was probably started by J.S. Grayson in 1850. Nearby, on Goat Hill, was a large Indian rancheria, complete with sweat lodge. Local Indians renounced tribal land claims in exchange for trade goods. Bands of the tribe came here seeking a haven from the onslaught of gold miners.

In its heyday, there may have been as many as fifty White settlers and upwards of one hundred Indians. At one time there were several thriving businesses and a schoolhouse.

Now there is almost no physical evidence of a town named Buena Vista on the south side of the Stanislaus River. The Hunter family has continuously owned the property since 1918.

Ron Grider   Noble Grand Humbug   Estanislao Chapter 58 E Clampus Vitus

In memory of Chuck Christ 1942-2006 Vice Noble Grand Humbug

Dedicated to the Hunter Family
April 21, 2007

 
Erected 2007 by E Clampus Vitus, Estanislao Chapter No. 58.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 
Buena Vista Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 30, 2011
2. Buena Vista Marker - wide view
The marker is located just to the south of the 50's Roadhouse Restaurant.
48.914′ N, 120° 39.65′ W. Marker is in Knights Ferry, California, in Stanislaus County. Marker is on Kennedy Road east of Sonora Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 18341 Kennedy Road, Oakdale CA 95361, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus (approx. ¼ mile away); Tulloch’s Mill (approx. 0.4 miles away); Knights Ferry Covered Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Knight's Ferry (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Knights Ferry (approx. half a mile away); Knights Ferry No. 2 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Knights Ferry - The Store (approx. 0.6 miles away); Miller's Saloon (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Knights Ferry.
 
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
Stanislaus River Area Native People's Monument image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 30, 2011
3. Stanislaus River Area Native People's Monument
Just on the other side of the Stanislaus River from the Buena Vista Marker, by the remains of the Tulloch Mill, is a monument to the native Mi-Wuk and Yokut tribes that lived in the area. The monument itself is very simple, consisting of a pole topped 3 feathers, and further down on the pole is mounted the metal silhouette of a salmon. In addition there is a memorial panel to the side consisting of an area map marking the location of native villages, and an inscription reading: "This monument commemorates the the native peoples, Mi-Wuk and Yokuts, who lived, loved, and fought for their freedom along the Stanislaus River. May they be remembered as long as the river flows. May the salmon again fill the Stanislaus courses."
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 6, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 691 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 6, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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