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Centennial Bluffs

Centennial Bluffs

Centennial Bluffs July 4th, 1876

On July 4th 1876, the town of Coleville along with the other residents of Antelope Valley gathered for a 4th of July celebration. The highlight of this event that would make history was when three men, John Connell, Wood Larson and one of the Cole Brothers carried a locust pole to the summit, anchored it firmly in a crevice and raised the American Flag. The cheers of the crowd from 700 feet below drifted up to what was thereafter known as Centennial Bluffs.

Fast forward.. June 17th, 2007

Over 23 years has passed since the last flag was flown on Centennial Bluffs. One week after a large fire burned the local area, Tim Fesko awoke one morning and decided to take an uncharted hike to the top of the world. After a grueling 1 ½ hour hike, Tim reached the top not knowing what he would find. To his surprise, an old Locust tree trunk was wedged in to a crevice.. could it be the original locust pole? After taking down the pole and affixing a new flag, Tim proudly raised the flag just like the three men had 131 years before.

Every year since he originally raised the flag, Tim and his wife Mary, have proudly raised a new flag every July 4th weekend. In the past 4 years, guests of Meadowcliff have come to see the flag raised as they cheer the “raising of the flag on Centennial Bluffs”.

July4Flag Monument.jpg (40489 bytes) This photo is of a monument placed in 1951 commemorating the raising of the original flag on July 4th, 1876.

Please note that the cliffs are Private Property and
access is not allowed to the general public.

History is made once again!

On July 5th 2013 at 6:30 AM, Tim & Mary Feskostarted their ascent to this historic flag pole. After many stops for photos and a strenuous and tough 1.8 mile hike, the couple arrived at the summit. At 8:45 AM, a new flag was raised to the cheers from the onlookers from below at the Meadowcliff Lodge and RV Resort.  

Hikers   Hikers

 

Special thanks to The Flag Store of Sparks Nevada
for donating this years flag!

Please note that the cliffs are Private Property and
access is not allowed to the general public.


Click on any photo for an enlarged view of it!

2011

On July 2nd 2011 at 6:30 AM, Tim & Mary Fesko and Bill Koch started their ascent to this historic flag pole. After many stops for photos and a strenuous and tough 1.8 mile hike, the trio arrived at the summit. At 8:30 AM, a new flag was raised with onlookers from below at the Meadowcliff Lodge and RV Resort.  

Hikers

 

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Raising the flag

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Mary & Bill

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Flag waving in the breeze

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Flag and the rock

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Flags and flowers

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Bill, Mary & Tim - The hikers

Above
Looking down 700 feet

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The Restaurant below

Above
700 feet below

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View outward past the flag

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Another shot of valley beyond the flag

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Eyeball shot

Valley
Valley to the north

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Valley to the east

Valley
Valley to the south


2010

On July 4th 2010, another traditional Independence Day began as usual. However, something was about to happen that would make this anything but usual. At 6:30 AM, Tim Fesko and Jeff Mallon started their ascent to this historic flag pole. After a strenuous 1.8 mile hike up tough, and at some times, almost straight up climbing, they arrived at the peak. At 8:10 AM, a new flag was raised to the cheers of many onlookers from the Meadowcliff Lodge and RV Resort. Many of the Meadowcliff Restaurant patrons had also gathered outside to cheer the raising of this historic ceremony. 

These photos show the flag immediately after it's raising and Tim & Jeff after the hike

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Click on any photo for an enlarged view of it!

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Tim high above at the flag

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Tim on the phone - just can't ever get away!

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Hwy 395 beyond

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The town of Walker beyond

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Looking down at Meadowcliff

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The pool and grass area

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A local ranch house

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Topaz Lake in the upper left corner - 12 miles away!

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Part of the West Walker River

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Shots of a Cowboy working his horse - looking down 700 feet

Please note that the cliffs are Private Property and access is not allowed to the general public.


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