BERENDA

“Verendo” Spanish for male Antelope

 

JUNE 1872, A FORMER FRESNO COUNTY SHERIFF, LEROY DENNIS ERECTED A STORE AND HOTEL. FEB. 12, 1873 THE FIRST OFFICIAL POST OFFICE OF MADERA COUNTY OPENED. SERVICE STOPPED MAR. 29, 1919 AND USPS RENAMED THE TOWN BERENDA “FEMALE ANTELOPE”. THE CENTRAL PACIFIC RAILROAD CAME THROUGH AND

BERENDA BECAME A FARMING COMMUNITY WITH SEVERAL HOTELS, BLACKSMITH SHOPS AND SALOONS.  CATTLE RANCHERS MILLER AND LUX BUILT AND DONATED A SCHOOLHOUSE. AS A GATEWAY TO YOSEMITE, BERENDA’S BOOMDAYS WERE IN THE LATE 1880′S WHEN YOSEMITE TOURISM WAS BY STAGE. AFTER A WET WINTER IN 1885-1886 STAGES CROSSING WET RANGE LANDS CAUSED DELAYS FOR TOURISM. HENRY W. WASHBURN OF YOSEMITE STAGE CO. TALKED THE RAILROAD INTO BUILDING A BRANCH LINE FROM BERENDA TO RAYMOND THUS CREATING A NEW GATEWAY TO YOSEMITE. AS THE MADERA  AREA GREW

LARGER AND MORE INDUSTRIAL, BERENDA BEGAN TO SHRINK. THE BOOM TIME WAS OVER.

ALL THAT REMAINS ARE A FEW BUILDINGS AND THIS OLD SCHOOLHOUSE.

 

MONUMENT BUILT AND DEDICATED BY

E CLAMPUS VITUS GRUB GULCH CHAPTER 41-49

DECEMBER 15TH 2006

 

Monument located just north of Madera on the West side of State Route 99 at Avenue 20. Take the ave 20 off ramp and on the west side of 99 go south on golden state dr. about 1 tenth of a mile the road makes a sweeping bend and just as you come out of the bend you will see the old school bldg. and the monument.

 

GPS:

37° 2’14.54″N Lat.

120° 9’14.56″W Long.