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Hanford, California: 1880 Mussel Slough Tragedy

The railroad tussled with settlers about land titles on May 11, 1880 in what's called the Mussel Slough Tragedy, resulting in a shootout that left 7 people dead. It inspired popular muckraking stories and books mythologizing the struggle between big business and the common man.

5827 14th Ave., Hanford, CA
Historical marker NW of town, north of Flint Ave. on 14th Ave.
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1880 Mussel Slough Tragedy

California Historical Landmark #245: "Mussel Slough Tragedy - Here on May 11, 1880, during a dispute over land titles between settlers and railroad, a fight broke out in which seven men-two deputy U.S. marshals and five ranchers lost their lives. The legal struggle over titles was finally settled by a compromise."

[Pamela L, 08/11/2020]

Mussel Slough Tragedy historical marker.

1880 Massacre Site

3-way argument between land owners and the railroad resulted in 7 deaths. Frank Norris' 1901 novel, The Octopus: A Story of California, was inspired by this incident, as was W. C. Morrow's 1882 novel Blood-Money.

[Kim Wheeler, 04/29/2013]

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