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Foreman comes across boulder with historic inscription

A stunning discovery has been recently made on the Will Gill Adobe Ranch along Road 400. Ron Baker, foreman of the cattle ranch, has found the signature of George W. Barbour carved in a huge rock by a creek that runs through the ranch. Barbour was the Indian commissioner who signed treaties with 16 Indian tribes that put an end to the Mariposa Indian War of 1851.

According to Barbour’s 1851 journal, he made his mark in the monolith as he passed through what was to become the Fresno Indian Reservation.

Baker made his discovery while working near the site.

Barbour, a native of Kentucky, was appointed by the United States Congress to come to California to make a treaty with the Indians, including the Chukchansi and Chowchillas...


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