At the turn of the 20th century, there were more than a dozen watering holes on Madera’s main street, and one of the most frequented was the Gilt Edge Saloon.
Pieces of the Past
A vignette from the annals of the San Joaquin Valley by historian Bill Coate.
The crowd gathered at the Athletic Hall on Yosemite Avenue for Madera High School’s commencement exercise in June 1903.
If ever there was such a thing as a ne’er do well, Leonard Hammond must have been it.
Ninety-nine years ago a huge parade inched down Yosemite Avenue as it always did on the anniversary of our nation’s independence.
Franco’s Nursery in Madera had a long history before it ever sold a plant here. It really had its beginnings when a group of 40 Italians gathered around an old gentleman to have their family picture taken.
The city of Madera has just celebrated another centennial milestone. It was 100 years ago that the very first air mail service came to town.
It won’t be long before Madera’s past will once more be celebrated in fine fashion.