You know, Bob Long did a story about this place some years ago and he called it:
“The gathering or meeting place of the waters” – (Bob Long)
But here’s what I found out about that word…
It’s actually a Sioux language word. Well the Sioux Indians live in the Northern Plains of the United States.
The Native Americans in Central California speak a Yokutsan language.
So how did a word from the Sioux language make it out to Central California?
“Was it the settlers who named it or was it the railroad? Well we really don’t know for sure.” – (Bob Long)
Railroad, of course.
And so, this “gathering of the waters” or “mouth of the river” or Mendota is on the map… of Fresno County.
With Emily Lucas behind the camera, I’m AJ Fox.