#436:  New Hope

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In front of Ripon Historical Society, 430 W Main, Ripon





State Plaque


Photo 4 is from when the plaque was at an earlier location.

From the Guidebook:

New Hope -1846- First Wheat

Approximately six miles west of this spot, 20 Mormon pioneers from thes hip Brooklyn founded the first known agricultural colony in San Joaquin Valley, planting the first wheat and crops that they irrigated by the pole and bucket method. They erected three log houses and operated a sawmill and a ferry across Stanislaus. Their settlement later became known as Stanislaus City.

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