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The train pulled into Madera, and Charles Myers melted into the crowd. Carrying one small satchel, he walked across the street to the Yosemite Hotel.

Pausing at the corner, he gazed in amazement at the changes that had taken place on Main Street, then suddenly he was jolted into reality. He couldn’t escape. It had been over 22 years, and he still couldn’t get it out of his mind.

Myers had first come to Madera County in the 1890s. He settled in what was left of the town of Buchanan and went to work there for John Brown in his general store.

At first everything went well. Brown spent very little time in Buchanan because he was too busy trying to hold his land colony scheme in La Vina together. Myers, then, was left pretty much to his own devices, and before long he owned the store...


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