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Clampers project, dedication

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AHWAHNEE — The history-loving local “Clampers” will dedicate a new monument at an old blacksmith shop known as Canary Cottage with a public ceremony Oct. 12.

The Grub Gulch Chapter 41-49 of E Clampus Vitus (ECV), a fraternal organization dating back to the gold mining era, will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. to honor the legacy of John C. Shay, his blacksmith shop and home, known for its large number of yellow finches. The cottage, located off Road 600 a few miles west of State Route 49, is just north of the old gold mining (and now ghost) town of Grub Gulch, about 10 miles northeast of Raymond. All are welcome to attend.

The Clampers will give speeches and recount stories of the past relevant to Shay, his house and shop, as part of their “doin’s,” or party, after the dedication.

It is said that Shay moved from San Francisco to Grub Gulch at the end of the 19th century to mine gold. He serviced horse-and-coach travelers on their way to Yosemite at his blacksmith shop until returning to San Francisco in the 1920s...


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