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Madera County Road 407 and the Stockton-Los Angeles Road

Started by Max Rockatansky, May 08, 2024, 08:52:49 AM

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Max Rockatansky

Madera County Road 407 is an approximately 3.8-mile highway located near Hensley Lake in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  Road 407 historically was a component of the 1850s era stage route known as the Stockton-Los Angeles Road.  The Stockton-Los Angeles Road crossed the Fresno River near the land holdings of John Jackson Hensley.  The highway came to be known as Hensley Road and once hosted a bridge at the Fresno River called "Hensley Bridge."  Madera County would redesignate all county highways with numeric designations during mid-twentieth century and the highway would come to be known as "Road 407."  Much of Road 407 was realigned in 1974 to make way for Hidden Dam and the Hensley Lake Reservoir.

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