John Barnett was one of Madera's most colorful lawmen.
Pieces of the Past
A vignette from the annals of the San Joaquin Valley by historian Bill Coate.
Yee Chung was a troubled man in 1880.
Yee Chung and Man Wah Chan stood at the edge of the crowd near the Southern Pacific tracks.
The dirt cascaded down the mine shaft with a sickening roar.
In 1957, Maderans had cause to stop and take stock. Fifty years earlier, in March 1907, the town became the only incorporated city in the county.