John M Nelson Conservancy
John M Nelson Conservancy

October 2022 News


Linder Drive in Camp Nelson was named after Reynolds Linder who became a California State Senator in 1894.  In 1922 Reynolds and Adeline Linder (who owned a hardware store in Tulare) built a cabin on their 10 acres that would become a compound where family, friends, community members and visitors gathered.  Other guest cabins and facilities were built over a few years including a trail that was referred to as “Lover’s Lane”.  Benches along paths, a wishing well and fire pits were used by many.  Around 1927 Linder completed a cement pool 50 foot by 35 foot, 8 feet deep that was fed from Nelson Creek.  His cabin and yard area was kind of a resort where Linder and his wife entertained, frequently with large groups.  Of course, the swimming pool was well used and a favorite place for children to swim and play.

          The annual LUAU dinner and silent auction to benefit the Camp Nelson Volunteer Ambulance Association and the JMNC raised about $3000.  Thank you for your auction items, your donations and your attendance.

The Meadow Trail begins at the gate by Nelson Drive and Smith Drive.  Go inside the gate and follow the signs around the meadow for a half mile stroll.

The JMNC Live Streaming Webcams with views of the meadow and conservancy yard can be accessed on the Conservancy website.

We invite you to check the current weather conditions in real time by using the Weather Underground app on your smart phone or go to on your computer.  Our station’s designation is “KCACAMPN10”.

The Camp Nelson RV Park is open, weather permitting, and accepting reservations.  Call 559.542.2471 for autumn information.

Visit our website to volunteer, make a donation, read the monthly Conservancy Article, buy a memorial brick, or purchase a copy of “The Tule River Middle Fork and its People written by Malcolm Sillars.  Read about the Tule River communities on the middle fork and see for yourself the history of this wonderful mountain home for many people.  Here is an excerpt from Chapter Eight of the book for your enjoyment:

Chapter Eight; Nellie Marshall, Les Bailey and Cedar Slope.

”There are some interesting matters to consider about Nellie Marshall.  First of all, if the year 1882 is correct for her first residence at Cedar Slope, then she was living in the canyon four years before John Nelson or Zachary Pierpoint established their homesteads.  There was also a homestead established in the same period on the Tule River a short distance south and west of Nellie Marshall’s place by an N. Rowland.  Jack Reese was told that Rowland had horses at his cabin but didn’t go out.  Interestingly, while the newspapers of the time mention the homesteads of John Nelson, Zachary Pierpoint, and “Grandpa” Rowland there is no mention of Nellie Marshall’s.  It would appear that her homestead was earlier but not as well publicized.   Page 110.

Such purposes for why our corporation was organized are to acquire, preserve and maintain for public enjoyment those natural and historic features of the Upper Tule Region of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  We work closely with the Communities of the Giant Sequoias, the Volunteer Fire Department, Camp Nelson Ambulance Association, Camp Nelson Chapel and the local businesses to promote the communities.  Please support your Conservancy and Museum.  You may send your contribution to 801 Highway 190, Box 110, Springville, CA 93265 or on the JMNC website.  Thank you.

As members of the conservancy, our common interests include the Meadow, Conservancy Yard, buildings and RV Park.  It takes the dedication of volunteers who serve willingly to insure that we preserve and maintain these areas for the enjoyment and use of the community and visitors.  Thank you to everyone that continuously serve.  If you are interested in helping, contact any JMNC Board Member.

Donations from community members are one of our sources of funds.  The John M. Nelson Conservancy is a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation and your donations are tax deductible.  We want to express our sincere thanks to all those who have donated to the Conservancy and thank you for your continued support.

AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible items to a charitable organization selected by the customers.  Your purchases can benefit John M. Nelson Conservancy.

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       We invite you to attend our monthly Board meetings on the second Saturday of each month at 8:00AM in the Conservancy building; 388 Smith Drive, Camp Nelson.  The next meeting will be October 8, 2022.

Check-out the web page at;

Mailing Address is; 801 Hwy 190, Box 110, Springville, CA 93265

Respectfully Submitted, (OCTOBER 2022)

Dan McFadzean, Director; JMNC

Email;  phone.661.978.4679 

The Board meets on the second Saturday of the month, 8 a.m., in the Conservancy Museum. Requests and payments should be received before the next meeting for consideration.

For more information, please call us at +1 559 542-2822 or fill out our contact form.


John M Nelson Conservancy

801 Highway 190

Box 110

Springville, CA 93265

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