I’m so excited to be able to share with you this very special property currently for sale in the Tollhouse area!
About the Property
Located near Trimmer Springs Road and the Trimmer Campground and Recreation Area, this 120-acre piece of land features rolling hills, multiple trout ponds, a coal mine, and a wealth of wildlife. There’s even tales of a rumored gold mine—though I can’t personally guarantee that. 😉
If you’re an outdoors person who loves hiking, camping, and fishing, this is basically your dream land.
History of the Property
The history of this land is remarkable, and adds to its allure.
In 1850, 6-year-old Thomas Jefferson Mayfield made his way over Pacheco Pass with his mother, father, and two brothers. The family, originally from Kentucky, was traveling to their new home, the San Joaquin Valley, for the first time, along with their horses and pack animals.
As Thomas relayed to anthropologist Frank Latta shortly before he passed away in a hospital in Visalia in 1928, his arrival in the valley was full of excitement:
“Suddenly my daddy pointed over the tops of the bare hills ahead of us and exclaimed, ‘Look there!’ And in the distance, until then lost to us in the haze, was our valley. A shining thread of light marked the Rio San Joaquin, flowing, as my mother said, ‘through a crazy quilt of color.’ “
Two years later, Thomas Jefferson Mayfield’s mother had passed away. His father and brothers were busy making a living and didn’t have time to raise a child. Thomas was taken in by the generous women of the Choinumni group of Native Americans, a tribe of the Yokuts, who lived along the Kings River. He lived for ten years on this patch of land, which can now be yours, learning the ways of his adopted family.
Life Among the Choinumni
Thomas Jefferson Mayfield’s memories are recorded in a book titled Indian Summer: Traditional Life Among the Choinumne Indians of California’s San Joaquin Valley, which is available for purchase here on Amazon, or for borrowing at the Fresno County Public Library. It’s a close and unique look at what life was like for the indigenous people of this area (as told through the strange eyes of the child that lived among them).
Thomas speaks of learning the language of the Choinumni, which he describes as “throaty, a series of short syllables, but soft and musical.” Many of the words, in his opinion, seemed to be based on sounds created by the object: owls were “péek-ook,” and the word was said with a head bobbing motion—an imitation of the bird’s movement.
He also talks about playing games with the other children, though the games weren’t solely for the kids. According to Thomas, each rancheria had a gaming court; the area was smoothed down and sand was poured over it. “Here was always an excited, shouting, yelling, laughing group, generally including men, women, and children,” he says.
Thomas goes on to describe daily life among the Choinumni, including education, hunting, fishing, and more. I’ve taken a look at this book, and I’m telling you, learning about the people who lived on this special land generations ago is so fascinating, and will definitely increase your interest in and love for this property!
See it for yourself
If you’re interested in seeing this amazing land for yourself, give me a call today at (559) 708-8768. That’s my direct cell phone number. You can call me on it, or email me at Jason@fresyes.com. To take a look at property details, click here.