An adventurer who rode with Kit Carson, scoured the West hunting for buffalo, fought in the Mexican/American War, and mined for gold from the banks of the San Joaquin River found his permanent niche in the little lumber town of Madera.
His name was Russel Perry Mace.
The first to buy lots in the fledgling community, Mace erected Madera’s first hotel in 1877, which burned and was rebuilt with brick in 1886. Its bottom floor is still in use today.
The hotel was a showplace of the Valley, catering to tourists who caught the stage in Madera bound for the wonders of Yosemite...