“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers in Madera County, California

Clickable Map of Madera County, California and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Madera County, CA (40) Fresno County, CA (118) Mariposa County, CA (100) Merced County, CA (38) Mono County, CA (76) Tuolumne County, CA (136)  MaderaCounty(40) Madera County (40)  FresnoCounty(118) Fresno County (118)  MariposaCounty(100) Mariposa County (100)  MercedCounty(38) Merced County (38)  MonoCounty(76) Mono County (76)  TuolumneCounty(136) Tuolumne County (136)
Madera is the county seat for Madera County
Adjacent to Madera County, California
      Fresno County (118)  
      Mariposa County (100)  
      Merced County (38)  
      Mono County (76)  
      Tuolumne County (136)  
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1 California, Madera County, Ahwahnee — Ahwahnee Tavern
Historic way-station on the old stage road, Raymond to Wawona. The tavern was built by William Sell in the late 1880's lunch was served to many notable people such as: President Theodore Roosevelt, Susan B Anthony, Andrew Carnegie, John D . . . Map (db m149057) HM
2 California, Madera County, Ahwahnee — Gertrude School
Built originally in 1878 by John Haley, named after his wife, Gertrude. It was situated at the base of Potters Ridge across the Fresno River in Fresno County. In 1893 the school was relocated to the Crooks Ranch. In 1913 a new school was built at . . . Map (db m148429) HM
3 California, Madera County, Ahwahnee — Shay's Blacksmith Shop & Canary Cottage
John C Shay settled in Grub Gulch at the turn of the 20th century to mine gold. When his mining efforts failed he homesteaded the land, built this shop and started blacksmithing. He serviced the numerous wagons, stages and horse travelers that . . . Map (db m147957) HM
4 California, Madera County, Ahwahnee — 1001 — Wassama Roundhouse
Dating prior to the 1860s, the Wassama Roundhouse was reconstructed in 1985 on the location of the previous four houses. In 1903, the third roundhouse was built using portions of the center pole from the two earlier houses. The Roundhouse served as . . . Map (db m46774) HM
5 California, Madera County, Ahwahnee — Wassama Village
The village of Wassama (leaves falling) is the site of the last above ground southern Miwok Roundhouse built in 1903. Religious ceremonies, dancing and gambling took place on the site until 1937. Southern Miwok dances including the 1870 Ghost Dance, . . . Map (db m51571) HM
6 California, Madera County, Bass Lake — Jones Store
As the cattlë were driven from the valley to the rich mountain grasses in the spring; at a site nearby, Tom Jones saw a need to supply the drovers with staples and supplies that were consumed or forgotten. As is today, the cattle drives still . . . Map (db m148440) HM
7 California, Madera County, Chowchilla — Chowchilla Union High School1916 - 2016
The original high school cost approximately $50,000 and was accredited to a university. The structure was later demolished in 1976. September 11,1916 14 students presented themselves at the opening of Chowchilla Union High School in first and . . . Map (db m148196) HM
8 California, Madera County, Chowchilla — Dairyland School100 Years: September 1915-2015
Prior to 1915 children who lived in the northern Munich District of Madera County had to ride the train to Chowchilla to receive their education. To answer the need for a local school, Dairyland opened in September 1915 in the DeSpain house. Plans . . . Map (db m148161) HM
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9 California, Madera County, Chowchilla — Railroads of Chowchilla
Southern Pacific Railroad Prior to 1912, there was no SP depot located in Chowchilla. The nearest depot was in Minturn, six miles to the north. Land developer O.A. Robertson bought the Chowchilla Ranch in 1912, and began selling parcels . . . Map (db m197167) HM
10 California, Madera County, Chowchilla — Railroads of ChowchillaSouthern Pacific Railroad — Chowchilla Pacific Railroad —
Southern Pacific Railroad - Before the townsite was created the train stopped at Minturn. Chowchilla was known as McNears Crossing. After it was founded the company moved the train station to a site just south of Robertson Blvd. Twenty . . . Map (db m242668) HM
11 California, Madera County, Coarsegold — Coarsegold1852 — (Coarse Gold Gulch) —
Gold -- heavy coarse gold -- was discovered in this area and the texture led to naming the spot Coarse Gold Gulch. Nearby, the Texas Flat Mine which was filed on in 1853 became the oldest and most extensively worked ledge mine in the . . . Map (db m33714) HM
12 California, Madera County, Coarsegold — Willow Glen
Willow Glen was first inhabited by the Chukchansi Indians. The grinding holes and other artifacts indicate that they have lived in this area since prehistoric times. In 1870 a stage road was built and in 1897 John McGinity homesteaded at Willow . . . Map (db m60346) HM
13 California, Madera County, Coarsegold — Zebra Ranch - 1880's Yosemite Stage Route
For travelers in the 1880's one stage route to Yosemite left the Maxe Hotel in Madera, traveled east to the Adobe Ranch Stage Stop, then northerly into the foothills to Bates Station. From there the route ran north and cut northwest to this spot . . . Map (db m148363) HM
14 California, Madera County, Fairmead — Mammoth Orange
In the early days of highway travel, there was very little in the way of convenience for hot and tired travelers. In 1926, Frank “Pops” Pohl got the idea to open a giant orange shaped juice stand in Tracy, Ca. The stand sold orange juice, . . . Map (db m235405) HM
15 California, Madera County, Fish Camp — Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad
From 1899 to 1931 The Madera Sugar Pine Lumber Company logged over 30,000 acres in the immediate area, sawing almost a billion-and-a-half board feet of lumber. Wood-burning Shay locomotives hauled the logs from the woods over a large network of . . . Map (db m148547) HM
16 California, Madera County, Knowles — Knowles
Founded by Frederick Erwin Knowles who bought the land from Frank Ducy and who organized the Raymond Granite Company in what had been referred to as "Ducys Rock Pile" In 1899, the Raymond Granite Company built a spur track from the quarry to the . . . Map (db m33718) HM
17 California, Madera County, Madera — Berenda"Verrendo" Spanish for Male Antelope
June 1872 a former Fresno County Sheriff Leroy Dennis erected a store and hotel. Feb. 12, 1873 the first official Post Office of Madera County opened. Service stopped on Mar. 23, 1919 and USPS renamed the town Berenda "Female Antelope". The Central . . . Map (db m235395) HM
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18 California, Madera County, Madera — Dixieland School100 Years of Education October 1913-2013
In February of 1913 residents of the Dixieland farming district realized the need for a local school. They petitioned the county and the resulting school was named Munich, which came from a group of residents who migrated here from the town of . . . Map (db m148095) HM
19 California, Madera County, Madera — MaderaSpanish for "Lumber", The First Industry
Once a part of Mariposa and Fresno Co, this area was traversed by local Indians, fur traders, explorers and gold seekers. The first settlement in what is now Madera County was 16 miles up the Fresno River where James D. Savage located his store, . . . Map (db m52241) HM
20 California, Madera County, Madera — Madera County Library Service
Starting in 1901 with a book on lumber, the library moved from place to place until 1917, when this historic building was built with county funds only. That eliminated strings from grants. An example of home rule. This was the first free library in . . . Map (db m34944) HM
21 California, Madera County, Madera — Madera to Yosemite Stage RouteEst 1879
Switching from the iron horse to the horse drawn stage after a night at Madera's Yosemite Hotel, which still stands across the street from this monument, at 6 A. M. the tourists would load up in open stages to enable them a good view. Stagecoaches, . . . Map (db m39516) HM
22 California, Madera County, Madera — Madera Zoo
In the year 1912 a Mr. William King Heiskell built an aviary with its first inhabitants being a green parrot and several species of birds from around the world. The zoo also had several ponds and water fountains and a bandstand. Although the Madera . . . Map (db m34946) HM
23 California, Madera County, North Fork — North Fork
Browns Place was established in 1852 when Milton Brown settled on the north fork of Willow Creek near this present location. His cabin was one of the first homes built in the area. As the many miners and stockmen came to the area, they used his . . . Map (db m148197) HM
24 California, Madera County, Oakhurst — Bissett Station1908-1934
Elick and Emma Bissett homesteaded 160 acres, 5 miles up Wawona-Sugar Pine Road from Oakhurst. Elick erected a house, stables and a small store. They stabled teams that hauled machinery and materials to Wawona and the Sugar Pine mill. . . . Map (db m149060) HM
25 California, Madera County, Oakhurst — Fresno Flats Townsite1856
Fresno Flats was a farming and supply center for the mining and lumber industries. The local blacksmith was known throughout the area as the only one able to fabricate and repair large wheels. The oldest still-operating in Madera County Post Office . . . Map (db m60306) HM
26 California, Madera County, Oakhurst — Giant Sequoia Cutting
This slab of a Giant Sequoia was cut from a 2,000 yr old Sequoia toppled by a winter storm in 1979 in Eastern Tulare County. 200 feet in length and 50 feet in circumference, the tree weighed 900,000 lbs. In 1981, LDG Logging Co of Oakhurst purchased . . . Map (db m60308) HM
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27 California, Madera County, Oakhurst — Gold Rush Entertainment Lives On
Melodrama, a caberet style play with music, based on a hero, a heroine, and a villain, provided entertainment and escape from the harsh realities of the gold miner's lives. Troupes of actors and musicians traveled from camp to camp setting up . . . Map (db m148027) HM
28 California, Madera County, Oakhurst — Highway 49 - The Golden Chain
This monument marks the Southern Terminus of Highway 49 which passes through fifty-one cities, towns and settlements in eleven counties in its three hundred and ten mile route through some of the most scenic and mineral-rich areas in all the land. . . . Map (db m148433) HM
29 California, Madera County, Oakhurst — Little Church on the Hill
Built by volunteers with donated materials, this church was first consecrated June 20, 1894. It was the only house of worship in the region for half a century. Services were discontinued in the early 1950's. The community rallied to save the church . . . Map (db m34934) HM
30 California, Madera County, Oakhurst — Madera Sugar Pine Flume
Taking two years to construct and opening in August 1876, The flume ran 52 miles from Sugar Pine sawmill to the planing mill and railroad in Madera. This wooden flume transported lumber and loggers to Madera across deep canyons, streams and . . . Map (db m84537) HM
31 California, Madera County, Oakhurst — Oakhurst Centennial
Population: 1912 = 419 2012 = 12,981 In the early years Oakhurst, or Fresno Flats as it was originally known, provided supplies to miners, ranchers, and lumber companies in the surrounding sierra foothills. One hundred years later and now . . . Map (db m149009) HM
32 California, Madera County, Oakhurst — Old French Trail1878 - 1930
Fresno Flats (Oakhurst) was the western end of the Old French Trail (Fresno Flats Trail). Built by J. S. French, it was 54 miles long and a vital east - west route for supplies, mail, equipment and pioneers through the Sierra Mountains. It . . . Map (db m60307) HM
33 California, Madera County, O'Neals — Spring Valley School
The original one room schoolhouse was built in 1889, on land granted by Charles O'Neil. Students were combined from Hanover School of Hildreth, Marysdale near Little Table Mountain, Zebra near Blackhawk Lodge and Mountain View School north of . . . Map (db m148535) HM
34 California, Madera County, Parkwood — Borden Chinese Cemetery
The Central Pacific Railroad later Southern Pacific, neared the village of Arcola in the Alabama Colony in 1872 and as it was being built mainly with Chinese labor established near here a Chinese camp of 2,500 men. Leland Stanford named the . . . Map (db m147956) HM
35 California, Madera County, Parkwood — Borden Chinese Cemetery
This one-acre cemetery was created in 1872 by and for the 2,500 Chinese laborers who were building the Central Pacific, later named Southern Pacific, railroad south from Sacramento. A tiny town, mostly tents was established beside the tracks . . . Map (db m197261) HM
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36 California, Madera County, Raymond — Grub Gulch
"Gold Fever" hit the streams in Madera County in 1849. Grub Gulch got its name from the fact that "miners could always pan enough gold from the river to grubstake themselves into better times." Grub Gulch developed after the Gambetta Mine opened . . . Map (db m33719) HM
37 California, Madera County, Raymond — Hydraulic Mining
Hydraulic mining using monitors was popular by large mining operations. More material could be processed daily for significantly less cost and higher profitability than other methods. Monitors larger than this one were common at the Malakoff . . . Map (db m148195) HM
38 California, Madera County, Raymond — Raymond(Wild Cat Station)
The San Joaquin Valley and Yosemite Railroad was incorporated on February 15, 1886 by the Southern Pacific Company. The 21 miletrack ran between Berenda and Raymond. At this location, a turntable allowed the locomotive to be turned around and . . . Map (db m39517) HM
39 California, Madera County, Raymond — The Charles Miller HouseEst. 1886
The first house in Raymond was home to Charles Miller. He was the first railroad station master and stagecoach agent. He filed the homestead for Raymond and is a substantial part of Yosemite history. California Point of Historical Interest . . . Map (db m20545) HM
40 California, Madera County, Raymond — 1 — Yosemite Stage Route
In 1886 the Yosemite Stage and Turnpike Co. owned by Henry Washburn started daily stage service from Raymond to Wawona and on to Yosemite Valley. The next day only the wealthy could afford the $45 round trip exiting the train at Wildcat Junction . . . Map (db m27854) HM
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Apr. 24, 2024