The very first stagecoach from Madera to the mountains set out on May 4, 1879, transporting tourists to Yosemite. On its way, the stage had to stop in Fresno Flats (present day Oakhurst).
At least two things survive as turning keys to understanding the life of Madera County founding father, George Washington Mordecai.
Last week William David Phillips died at the age of 87. We wrote of how he was the grandson of William W.
At 5 a.m. Wednesday, William David Phillips, a cornerstone of Fresno society and its history, died at the age of 87.
As cranes eased the granite block into place on the morning of Oct. 29, 1900, construction of the Madera County Courthouse began.
Madera County has produced its share of rough and tumble, two-fisted drinking, street fighting pioneers. They pop up all through the pages of local history to spice up the pieces of our past.
John Robert Nichols has been given credit for being the first Anglo settler in the Fresno Flats area, arriving there in 1858. Located near the head of the Fresno River, White Ash trees abounded.