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Celebrations planned for Oakhurst centennial

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By Ciara Norton

Burrowed in the serene rolling hills of central California and surrounded by flourishing greens is the town once known as Fresno Flats.

Established as Fresno Flats by the post office on Aug. 18, 1873, the name remained for almost 40 years.

The name of the small mountain town was changed to what we now know as Oakhurst all because of a robbery.

On the evening of May 22, 1885 when a stagecoach was robbed at gunpoint by two men, it kick-started a chain of events that led to the town’s new name...


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