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Fort Miller (1851-1858) (1863-1864) - Originally established as Camp Miller 26 May 1851 during the California Gold Rush by 2nd Lt. Treadwell Moore, 2nd U.S. Infantry and designated Fort Miller in 1852. Named for Major Albert S. Miller, 2nd U.S. Infantry, who died at Benicia Barracks 7 Dec 1852. Abandoned in June 1858. Reoccupied 22 Aug 1863 and abandoned by federal troops 1 Oct 1864 during the U.S. Civil War. A company of 2nd California Cavalry continued to garrison the fort until 1866.
Fort Miller History
The original Fort Miller blockhouse was relocated in 1944 to Roeding Park in Fresno when the Friant Dam was completed and the original site was covered with water. The City of Frezno has leased some of Roeding Park to non-profit organizations and the blockhouse was relocated back to the Friant area. The Table Mountain Rancheria Band of Indians appears to have control of the original blockhouse remains and may be planing to make it part of a museum or interpretative center. Location .
Location: Originally located beside the San Joaquin River in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas in Fresno County, California. The original site is now covered by Millerton Lake in back of the Friant Dam.
Maps & Images
Lat: 37.015282 Long: -119.658333
- Roberts, Robert B., Encyclopedia of Historic Forts: The Military, Pioneer, and Trading Posts of the United States, Macmillan, New York, 1988, 10th printing, ISBN 0-02-926880-X, page 78
Visited: 13 Aug 2009
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