Reedley in Fresno County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
1885 - 1929
Poole's trading post and ferry was located about two miles north of Reedley and was run by William Campbell and John Poole from 1851 through 1857. It was made famous as the location where Major James Savage was murdered by newly elected Tulary County Judge Walter Harvey.
In 1908 the Manning Avenue bridge was joined by a new bridge crossing at Olson Avenue. During the flood of January 26, 1914, neither the Manning nor Olson Avenue bridges fared well. The Wagon Bridge survived, but the Olson Bridge completely washed out during the flood. Following the flood a three trestle steel bridge was built at Manning Avenue. It sat on big steel pillars that you can still see rising out of the river bottom today.
Construction of a reinforced concrete bridge began in 1928. The Wagon Bridge was removed soon after in the year 1929.
Dedicated this 27th day of September 2014 Major James D. Savage Chapter 1852 E Clampus Vitus
Erected 2014 by E Clampus Vitus, Major James D Savage Chapter 1852.
Marker series. E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 36° 36.221′ N, 119° 28.081′ W. Marker is in Reedley, California, in Fresno County. Marker is on Kings River Road 0.1 miles south of Manning Avenue when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at the entrance to Kelly's Beach Restaurant, Bar, General store and Campground. It is on the rock wall to the right of the entrance. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9200 Kings River Rd, Reedley, CA 93654, Reedley CA 93654, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Poole's Ferry (approx. 1.4 miles away); Major James D. Savage (approx. 1.9 miles away); The History of the Town Kingsburg (approx. 7.6 miles away); George Boyle (approx. 7.7 miles away); Fred French (approx. 7.7 miles away); The Historic Kingsburg Jail (approx. 7.7 miles away); Libby, McNeill and Libby Cannery (approx. 8.2 miles away); Frank Dusy (approx. 8.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Reedley.
More about this marker. Standing just to the left of the marker, you are looking straight down the right of way of the Wagon Bridge. The steel pillars referred to in the marker can be seen painted red white and blue. They are all that remain. Farther down stream can be seen the remains
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 7, 2014, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. This page has been viewed 425 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 7, 2014, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.