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E Clampus Vitus - Grub Gultch Chapter #41-49 Historical Sites

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Address: Oakhurst, CA 93644
Website: www.eclampusvitus.com

The Grub Gulch Chapter of E CLAMPUS VITUS is nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada at the end of the Gold Chain Highway. Our chapter encompasses all of Madera County. Called the Order of the Rose, the original Grub Gulch Rose was growing wild near the gold rush town of Grub Gulch. The town was named this because any miner who would stop and work the diggins for a short while, was almost guaranteed to gather enough gold from the river to stake him on his way to the gold fields further north. Today our Chapter continues to uphold the traditons set forth by our forefathers. Known mainly for its lumber production in later years, Madera County is rich with gold history. Artifacts can be found up and down many of the local streams and rivers. Gold is taken from these waterways daily. Today the work is done by gasoline powered dredges as well as the old rockerbox, sluicebox and sourdoughpan.

Since the major ore producing mines have all but played out, the Clampers of today are dedicated to the preservation and recognition of these historic sites. They are quickly disappearing due to the recklessness and lack of caring individuals who move about on these lands today.

The next time you are traveling in and about the Historic Gold Country of California, stop and read the inscriptions on the roadside monuments and plaques that you happen to pass. 9 out of 10 times that plaque will have the name E CLAMPUS VITUS , Chapter No. ——— on it, representing the local chapter in that area. Also, the next time your traveling around and see a group of men attired in “REDSHIRTS”, give a wave, then stop and read up on a little of “Americana”.

The Chapter of E Clampus Vitus, Grub Gulch #41-49 encompasses all of Madera County. Included in the links under this heading will be a listing and photo-journal of all of the monuments erected within Madera County by our Chapter.  Be sure to note the GPS information included in each listing. When your out for a drive in the Madera/Sierra Foothills, look for these monuments to understand what our history means to us and why we are continually trying to preserve it’s integrity and structure wherever and whenever possible.

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