K = Kaweah
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The Kaweah Post Office (the second smallest in the U.S.), built in 1910, is located three miles up North Fork Drive in Three Rivers (CA). This lasting vestige of the Kaweah Colony is a State Historic Landmark and still in operation today.
Kaweah was founded in 1891 by former members of the International Workingmen’s Association who had in 1885 made plans for a socialistic community. Their troubles were great not only with their own colony but also the army when it was found 55 claims had been filed in one day for land in the area of the sequoias.
What is now known as the General Sherman Tree was called by the Colonists the Karl Marx Tree.
Tharp, a farmer from Three Rivers, was the first white man to visit the back country and was met by the Yokut Indians. They liked him and he liked them. He said he never heard of theft of murder among them, but the settlers who followed Tharp soon changed their way of life….
A lasting, local vestige of the Kaweah Colony is the Kaweah Post Office that is now located three miles up North Fork Drive. On May 17, 1890, the colony’s camp of Advance was granted a post office. From time to time, the building was moved to meet the needs of its patrons or to accommodate the postmaster. The present 10-foot by 12-foot structure was built in 1910. It is currently registered as State Historic Landmark No. 389.
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