Fort Miller, California

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Fort Miller
Camp Barbor, 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
Country United States
State California
County Madera County
Fort Miller 1852
Elevation[1] 561 ft (171 m)
Reference no. 584
This article is about the fort in California. For the fort in Massachusetts, see Fort Miller (Massachusetts).

Fort Miller (originally, Camp Barbour then Camp Miller) is 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 Camp Barbor during the Mariposa War, it became a U. S. Army post 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 Rootville, later called Millerton, grew up nearby the fort to the west 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 publication – free to read
  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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