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Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate enters Merced market

By Sara Cribari Hill Special to the Times A lot can happen in a decade. Ten years ago, during the beginnings of what would be known as the “Great Recession,” a local father and his sons were consumed with thoughts on how to keep the doors open of their family business. They were not alone. The market slowdown had forced…

Families enjoying farm harvest fun, pumpkin patches

These days, excited children are running around and looking for the best pumpkins at farm locations across the county. Vista Ranch on Highway 140 in Merced has once again opened its annual pumpkin patch, corn maze and harvest fun zone. The amusement area also aims to educate young people about farm life and how food is grown.…

Making way for the dam by relocating the railroad

1924 — 1926 The location for the Exchequer Dam was ideal, but the Yosemite Valley Railroad was operating through the whole length of the reservoir that made it necessary to relocate 17 miles of the railroad at a cost of over $3 million — a big pricetag in the early 1920s. Bids on the relocation of the railroad were opened by the Merced…

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