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

Old Stage Road

 
 
Old Stage Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, December 31, 2011
1. Old Stage Road Marker
Inscription. Running north and south, following an older Indian Trail is the route taken by many Spanish expeditions, American trappers, traders and parties of exploration. It was the major inland route of gold seekers to the northern and southern Mines and was the first public road in Tulare County. One of the most noteworthy Spanish expeditions was the Gabriel Moraga Expedition of 1806 exploring the area south from the Mission San Juan Bautista through Tejon Pass to the Mission San Fernando. Moraga named the San Joaquin River from which the valley derives its name. Some of the more famous American parties to pass this way were:


Jedediah S. Smith - 1826 & 1827

Ewing Young - 1830 and 1832

Thomas "Pedleg' Smith - 1830's and later

 Joseph R. Walker - 1830's and later

John C. Fremont with Kit Carson as guide - 1844

 Edward Kern, Joseph R. Walker 
as guide detached from Fremont's 3rd Expedition - 1846

Stockton~Los Angeles Road - 1853

Butterfield Overland Stage - 1858 to 1861
 
Erected 1978 by Tulare County Presidential Commission in Cooperation with Tulare County Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Butterfield Overland Mail marker series.
 
Location.
Old Stage Road Marker next to the Fountain Springs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, December 31, 2011
2. Old Stage Road Marker next to the Fountain Springs Marker
35° 53.559′ N, 118° 55.112′ W. Marker is in Fountain Springs, California, in Tulare County. Marker is at the intersection of Avenue 56 (County Route J22) and Old Stage Coach Road, on the right when traveling east on Avenue 56. Touch for map. Located to the right of the Fountain Springs Store/Bar/Restaurant. Marker is in this post office area: Porterville CA 93257, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fountain Springs (here, next to this marker); "El Cojo" (within shouting distance of this marker); Tule River Indian Reservation (approx. 11.8 miles away); Woody (approx. 13.9 miles away); Joseph Weringer, Sr. (approx. 13.9 miles away); Tule River Stage Station (approx. 14.1 miles away); Lavers Crossing (approx. 15.5 miles away); Lynnís Bull Road (approx. 16.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fountain Springs.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 22, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 798 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 22, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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