MADERA TO YOSEMITE STAGE ROUTE

EST. 1879

SWITCHING FROM THE IRON HORSE TO THE HORSE DRAWN STAGE AFTER A NIGHT

AT MADERA’S YOSEMITE HOTEL, WHICH STILL STANDS ACROSS THE STREET FROM

THIS MONUMENT, AT 6:00 A.M. THE TOURISTS WOULD LOAD UP IN OPEN STAGES,

TO ENABLE THEM A GOOD VIEW. STAGECOACHES BY THEIR ENCLOSED DESIGN WERE

UNPOPULAR.

EACH TRIP TO YOSEMITE VALLEY TOOK 2 OR 3 DAYS, DEPENDING ON THELOAD,

ROAD CONDITIONS, OR OTHER DELAYS SUCH AS MANY STAGE HOLDUPS. ONE WOMAN

FROM WHOM $20 WAS TAKEN SAID, “I WOULDN’T HAVE MISSED IT FOR 100.”

IT TOOK APPROXIMATELY 72 HORSES FOR EACH TRIP TO Yosemite Valley. EACH

STAGE LINE OWNED ABOUT 600 HORSES AND HAD TO PROVIDE A STAGE STOP TO

CHANGE HORSES EVERY 7 OR 8 MILES. IN IT’S HEYDAY THERE WERE MANY STAGES

LINED UP IN FRONT OF THE HOTEL EVERY MORNING.

IN 1886 WITH THE COMPLETITION OF THE RAILROAD TO WILDCAT STATION

(RAYMOND) IN THE FOOTHILLS AND OUT OF THE VALLEY MUD, THE ROUTES

BUSIEST DAYS WERE GONE.

IN 1941 THE W.P.A. AND THE CALIFORNIA PUBLIC WORKS COMPLETED A THEN

MODERN HIGHWAY TO FRIANT. MADERA AGAIN HAD A MAJOR STAGE (MOTORIZED)

LINE TO YOSEMITE.

MADERA – GATEWAY TO YOSEMITE

DEDICATED BY E CLAMPUS VITUS

GRUB GULCH CHAPTER 41-49

SEPTEMBER 25, 1999

 

 

 

Located on Yosemite Avenue in downtown Madera at the R.R. crossing and Old Train Station.

 

GPS Locator:

36°57’43.32″N

120° 3’35.48″W