Here is a note from Jim Wells (Peg Seaborn's son) about an
open house in Mineral King on Saturday, July 7th.The Wells family owned Kaweah Han for many
years and Peg did the subdividing of the Silver City lots by the creek.
Hello Mineral King & Silver City cabin owners &
To an Open House at the Alltucker Cabin #10 (aka Shepherd,
Wells, & Seaborn) in EMK on Saturday, July 7, from 10 to 3.
John R. Alltucker purchased the cabin 100 years ago and the
family is celebrating! We would like you to join us.Bring a story or two, some old photos if you
have them, and maybe a campfire song.We
would enjoy hearing stories from the past century, and reconnecting with other
There is a good chance we’ll have some nibbles, some juice,
and more than a few stories.Due to
limited parking, we ask that you park elsewhere and walk down to the cabin
(unless unable). Signs will be posted.
Of the 165 bridges that the County of Tulare must maintain, the one with the most historic value and significance is the Oak Grove Bridge on the Mineral King Road. The concrete arch bridge, built in 1923, is located 6.5 miles up-canyon from Highway 198 and furnishes the only access for motor vehicles to the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park.
The bridge has been determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places (NR). That determination triggered a NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) study that is now complete.
From several alternatives, the preferred one of rehabilitation of the existing structure has been selected. In that alternative, the decking and substructure will be repaired with in-kind materials.
This bridge has important associations with the Mineral King Road Historic Cultural Landscape District. In 2015, county engineers noticed cracks in the bridge’s decking and sub-structure. A bridge evaluation study was undertaken in 2016 with Cal Trans as the lead agency.
A work plan was developed to come up with a fix that could preserve the historic integrity of the bridge. According to Jason Vivian, lead engineer for Tulare County, doing an EIR has been avoided and that will help the bridge construction to stay on track for the fall of 2021.
A public meeting to update stakeholders and interested parties is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, July 24, in Three Rivers. Details about the upcoming meeting will be announced as they are finalized.
Several years ago we had auctions during our annual meeting weekend (first Saturday in August) to raise funds for our efforts to save our cabin community. One year I designed and created a crocheted afghan for the auction. My mother won the bid and had it backed with fabric so it could hang on her wall. Unfortunately, she has moved to a Skilled Nursing facility where fabric wall hangings are not allowed due to flammability issues.
I would like to offer this afghan to anyone who will make a donation to the Mineral King District Association. It's in mint condition, comes with a rod to hang it, and measures about 4 feet high by 5 feet wide. Or, you can take the backing off and use it as a blanket.
If you are interested, please contact me at Sharon@mineralking.net. I would prefer to hand it to the highest bidder at the annual meeting this year (August 4) but am willing to ship it if you'll pay the cost.
Thank you for your help in giving this afghan an appropriate home!