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Brad Ditton
Century 21 Ditton Realty
40307 Highway 41
Oakhurst, CA 93644
direct: (559) 760-3485 • office: (559) 683-7653 • email:

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Area Information: History Then & Now


Ahwahnee, like many towns in the region, began when settlers arrived to find their own piece of the gold rush. Instead, they struck pay dirt in the fertile fields, and began growing fruits and vegetables to sell to the mining camps ringing the area. 

When the railroad line to Raymond came through Ahwahnee, even President Theodore Roosevelt stopped to eat lunch here on his way to Yosemite. Newspaper stories reported every detail, including the fact that the innkeeper told him to wash his hands in a tin buck out back before eating. She may have been one of the first citizens to complain about an error in the press - it was her best china basin, thank you!

Ahwahnee was also home to a tuberculosis sanitarium built at the turn of the century, in hopes that those suffering from the disease would benefit from the area's purer air quality. Later, it flourished as a home for boys.

Today, Ahwahnee is a small, peaceful community with a population of approximately 1,680 striving to keep their rural atmosphere. It is the home of The Wassama Roundhouse built by Miwok Indians, one of the few authentic roundhouses left in California. Ahwahnee will soon be home to the new Ahwahnee Regional Park with hiking trails, an equestrian center, pentanque courts, a cultural center, and more.
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