Yee Chung was a troubled man in 1880.
Pieces of the Past
A vignette from the annals of the San Joaquin Valley by historian Bill Coate.
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.
Madera’s 100th anniversary as an incorporated city is just around the corner. We will reach that centenary milestone in March 2007.