Cross Creek Railroad Station

Compiled by Ros Hutchison

Mentioned in the show as a railroad station.

Cathy’s original find: 1872 Cross Creek Train station Posted Jun 14, 2008 , 05:36:02 PM

“At first,  I was going to combine the 1872 Cross Creek Train station and the 1898 Cross Creek Train robbery.  After today’s eye ball finds from Cross creek train station I feel the station deserves a post of its own. Although both appear to be from the same area and actually both are from two different eras and about a mile apart from each other,  Both are named after Cross Creek due to a creek (Cross creek). 
Beginning with Cross Creek station the train depot was build around 1872 and in addition to being used as a Train depot it was also used as a Post office and a very valuable location for farmers needing to transport or receive goods.
Cross Creek station came and left almost as quicky a tumble weed would take to tumble across the San Joaquin valley,   Short lived maybe 9-10 years tops and with a nearby town (Traver) starting in early eighties and booming from the get-go the station was moved over to Traver around 1881-82 and used as it’s first General Store. 
Later,  Not quite after Cross creek station disappeared a small community picked up were Cross creek station left off and supported a small population of pioneers and cowboys,  Later on and like Cross creek station this little community withered away with most of it’s people relocating to Traver, Goshen, Visalia or other nearby communities.
About four years ago,  using an old map of the general area of Cross Creek station and taking careful measurements found the area that once supported the Cross creek station and community.  I have detected the area for signs of square nails and found them and the only finds I have removed are eye ball finds from the surface,  Allot of eye candy finds that support this was the actual location. 
Cross train station was to be a future town, but like some stations or colonies they eventually wither away – such is the case with Cross Creek station.”

Cross Creek photos and info

Traver Day is the anniversary of the day the Traver farm land subdivision was opened in 1884, with a fanfare of advertising and promotion rivaling that of the most energetic modern methods. A group of capitalists financed a colonization project on land located in Fresno and Tulare counties. Their 30,000 acres lay along the south bank of Kings River. A townsite of 240 acres, located five miles south of Kings River, was surveyed and lots offered for sale on April 8th and 9th, 1884. The sales of these two days amounted to $60,000. Sixty days later the newly born town of Traver contained a postoffice, an express office, a railway station, a drug store, an implement store, two merchandise stores, two lumber yards, two hotels, two barber shops, two livery stables, three saloons,and on the west side, the inevitable Oriental quarter.

This new wheat town of Traver replaced and caused the extinction of the old cow-town of Cross Creek, located four miles to the south. It grew rapidly, fed by excursions of home-seekers brought in from San Francisco and Los Angeles . Its population soon exceeded 800 and was estimated by many at 1000. Next to Visalia this was the best known community in the Southern San Joaquin Valley. There was no Hanford and no Dinuba, and Kingsburg was but a small hamlet. (History of Traver Lodge)

Traver [ TULARE ] village, 14 miles northwest of Visalia (lat. 36 27 15 N, long, 119 29 05 W; sec 16 T 17 S, R 23 E). Named on Traver (1949) 7.5′ quadrangle. The name, given in 1884, commemorates Charles Traver, a member of 76 Land and water Company (Mitchell, A.R, p70). Postal authorities established Cross Creek post office in 1874, changed the name to Grandview in 1876 and changed it to Traver in 1884.   (California’s Geographic Names by D Durham)


Stage Stations in Kings County:   A stage station known as the Head of Cross Creek was established at Cross Creek in 1856. The site is in the extreme northeastern corner of the county, four miles northwest of Goshen ( Tulare County ), and in stagecoach days it was the halfway point between Visalia and the Kings River Station at Whitmore’s Ferry. After the coming of the Butterfield stages in 1858, the station was called Cross Creek Station. Like the other stations of this section, the Cross Creek post, now vanished, consisted of a board-and-batten barn and a cabin of the same construction for the use of the hostlers, generally two in number. During the drought of 1864, Peter Van Valer built a toll bridge over Cross Creek; it was said to have been the only bridge between Visalia and Stockton at the time. (Historic Spots in California)

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