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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: b.ditton@C21Ditton.com

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Area Information: History Then & Now

Oakhurst (originally Fresno Flats)

Fresno Flats has the distinction of not stemming from a gold mining town. It began quite deliberately as a community with homes, schools and churches to provide stability for the miners, lumberjacks, cattlemen and farmers in the 1850s. The name Fresno Flats alludes to the Spanish word for ash trees (Freszo).

From the get-go, Fresno Flats thrived. In 1893, it boasted a hotel, restaurant, saloon, a Chinese store & laundry, a post office, stage stop, livery stable and blacksmith. But the railroad line to Raymond skipped Fresno Flats, and later Highway 140 also left the town in the dust as tourists sought the fastest and most direct path to Yosemite. When the Madera Sugar Pine Mill closed during the Depression, the few hundred people left seemed destined to abandon the area, making it a true ghost town.

However, Highway 41 was completed by the end of that decade to  draw visitors from the San Joaquin Valley  - and it ran right through Fresno Flats. After the revival, the town renamed itself Oakhurst.

Today, 13,700 people call Oakhurst home - small enough to retain that close community atmosphere, but large enough to support modern industries and retail. Oakhurst enjoys being part of a region that has the highest number of artists per capita in the United States.

Art galleries, antique shopping, live theater, a Cineplex, a Children's Museum, several other museums, historical parks and markers, gold panning, hiking, biking, and horse riding trail, bowling, dancing, hunting, fishing, golfing, swimming, skiing, dining, arcades, baseball games, marathons, bluegrass festivals, concerts in the park and car shows keep this town hopping! There is always something wonderful to see and do. 

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