New book documents Sanger's history

FRESNO, Calif.

People proudly say they live in Sanger but most might not know the city's history. The old Southern Pacific building dates back to 1887 and now houses the Sanger Depot Museum.

A new book titled "Images of America - Sanger" uses vintage photographs to show the role logging played in the city's birth.

Scott Haugland is one of three authors who worked on the book.

Haugland said, "Most people don't know anything about Sanger's history. That this was the terminus of the world's longest lumber flume."

Sanger grown produce was shipped by rail all across the country. A photo showed how a jackrabbit drive kept the critters from eating all the veggies.

One chapter is devoted to the Yokut Indians who inhabited the entire Valley.

Author Hal Shaw said, "We know them by the name Tachi, Choinumni for a park here, Chukchansi but they were in fact 50 tribes with 50 distinct languages."

The images came from the Sanger Herald, the Pop Laval collection and the Sanger Historical Society.

The third author, Ken Marcantonio, said, "I think a lot of people will turn to the sports section because we're a sports town and you can see the famous sports people we put in the book."

Former Raider head coach Tom Flores and former Bulldog baseball coach Pete Beiden are Sanger High grads.

A century of service earned the Chuck Wagon a mention. The book seeks to weave stories into the old images.

Shaw explained, "There's a lot of nice things in Sanger's past that are just lost unless you're actually digging through the archives so we wanted to bring that to the folks."

Joseph Sanger was secretary of the Southern Pacific Railroad Yardmasters Association. Unfortunately, he fell ill and was never able to visit the city named in his honor.

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