Fifty years ago this morning in the Madera Tribune newsroom Barbara Brown, Tribune staff writer, was stunned by the sound of bells ringing on the paper’s United Press International teletype.
The Southern Pacific railroad tracks have always been dangerous in Madera. Beginning in 1877, scores of people have lost their lives on them — some within a few feet of the downtown depot.
Long before the town of Madera was on the map, gold — heavy, coarse gold — was discovered in abundance along a gulch in what is now Eastern Madera County.
Traveling in the foothills was never pleasant in the horse and buggy days.
Today is the day for which the folks out at Dixieland have been waiting and working. At 3 p.m. the centennial celebration of their school will begin.
While Bailey Flat may not be one of the better-known place names in Madera County, it does have an interesting history — one that goes back to the days when Madera County was still part of Fresno County.
This is a rather sad story. It’s about a man who took up arms to fight in the Civil War. He survived, settled in Madera County, and then was forgotten.