Fort Miller, California

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Fort Miller

Camp Barbour, Camp Miller
Former settlement
Fort Miller Hospital, c.1935
Fort Miller Hospital, c.1935
Fort Miller is located in California
Fort Miller
Fort Miller
Location in California
Coordinates: 37°00′55″N 119°39′34″W / 37.01528°N 119.65944°W / 37.01528; -119.65944Coordinates: 37°00′55″N 119°39′34″W / 37.01528°N 119.65944°W / 37.01528; -119.65944
CountryUnited States
CountyMadera County
Fort Miller1852
Elevation561 ft (171 m)
Reference no.584

Fort Miller (originally, Camp Barbour then Camp Miller) is a former fort on the south bank of the San Joaquin River in what is now Madera County, California. It lay at an elevation of 561 feet (171 m).[1] The site is now under Millerton Lake, formed by the Friant Dam in 1944. It is registered as California Historical Landmark #584.[2]

Some 150 miles upriver from Stockton, it was originally a California Militia post named Camp Barbour during the Mariposa War, became a U. S. Army post named Camp Miller in 1851, and Fort Miller in 1852, named after Major Albert S. Miller.[3][4] The Army abandoned the post on December 1, 1866. The former settlement of Rootville, later called Millerton, grew up west of the fort on the Stockton - Los Angeles Road in what was then Mariposa County, Tulare County and then Fresno County.[1][5]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Fort Miller, California
  2. ^ "Fort Miller". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-07.
  3. ^ "Pioneer Days in Fresno County". The Fresno Bee The Republican. October 3, 1937. p. 48. Retrieved November 17, 2014 – via open access
  4. ^ Frazer, Robert Walter. 1965. Forts of the West: Military Forts and Presidios, and Posts Commonly Called Forts West of the Mississippi River to 1898. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, pp. 26–27.
  5. ^ Colonel Herbert M. Hart, USMC (retired), Historic California Posts: Fort Miller (including Camp Barbour, Camp Miller) from Pioneer Forts of the Far West, published in 1965, The California State Military Museum

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