Workmen pose for a photograph in the summer of 1892 on the wood face of the rock-filled Shaver sawmill dam.
Workmen pose for a photograph in the summer of 1892 on the wood face of the rock-filled Shaver sawmill dam.

The old Shaver dam

The draining of Shaver Lake for repairs this winter presented a once-in-a-lifetime chance to revisit history. The old Shaver dam, hidden from sight for decades, was fully exposed for a few weeks. It was a reminder of the lumber trade and ingenuity that helped shape the development of the Central Valley. Before Fresno County was [...]

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