Wagon Bridge

Wagon Bridge (HM1H2S)

Location: Reedley, CA 93654 Fresno County
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N 36° 36.221', W 119° 28.081'

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1885 - 1929

In the early 1850's, before it became a town, Reedley was in Mariposa County. The only way to cross the Kings River was doing so at your own risk or to find a ferry and pay a fee to cross. The Reedley area could claim two operating ferries.



Poole's trading post and ferry was located about two miles north of Reedley and was run by William Campbell and John Poole from 1851 through 1857. It was made famous as the location where Major James Savage was murdered by newly elected Tulary County Judge Walter Harvey.



In 1908 the Manning Avenue bridge was joined by a new bridge crossing at Olson Avenue. During the flood of January 26, 1914, neither the Manning nor Olson Avenue bridges fared well. The Wagon Bridge survived, but the Olson Bridge completely washed out during the flood. Following the flood a three trestle steel bridge was built at Manning Avenue. It sat on big steel pillars that you can still see rising out of the river bottom today.



Construction of a reinforced concrete bridge began in 1928. The Wagon Bridge was removed soon after in the year 1929.



Dedicated this 27th day of September 2014

Major James D. Savage Chapter 1852 E Clampus Vitus
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HM NumberHM1H2S
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series
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Year Placed2014
Placed ByE Clampus Vitus, Major James D Savage Chapter 1852
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Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 7:50am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 279251 N 4053745
Decimal Degrees36.60368333, -119.46801667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 36.221', W 119° 28.081'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 36' 13.26" N, 119° 28' 4.86" W
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Area Code(s)559
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 801-899 Kings River Rd, Reedley CA 93654, US
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