Tarpey Depot

Tarpey Depot, Clovis, California by Debbie Clement

Tarpey Depot, Clovis, California by Debbie Clement

Debbie writes about Tarpey Depot

The Tarpey Depot was built in 1891 as one of three freight and passenger depots along the proposed 26-mile route of the San Joaquin Valley Railroad. Today it is the only remaining building of a project intended to bring prosperity to the new town established by Clovis Cole. The Clovis Historical Society purchased and restored this fine old building in 2000 moving it back to the original location at Clovis Avenue and 4th Street. Over the past 120 years it has also served as a winery office, post office, polling place and real estate office. It is currently the Clovis Information and Tourism office.

I learned some other interesting information about Clovis from it’s Wikipedia page….

Clovis is situated midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, bordering Fresno, in the agriculturally rich San Joaquin Valley. Lying at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, which includes Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks, Clovis has been known as “Gateway to the Sierras” since its incorporation in 1912.


Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse hooked by Nancy Winn, Sebastopol, California

Mickey Mouse hooked by Nancy Winn, Sebastopol, California

Nancy Winn is a fiber and paper-mache artist. Her animal sculptures may be viewed at her website.

Nancy’s  “critters” are lifelike, amusing, and made from “unwanted” materials. Lucky for us, Nancy also extends her creativity and art to hooking rugs. Here’s what she said about her inspiration for hooking a Mickey Mouse postcard.

I worked for Wilson Learning in the 1980’s. The President, Larry Wilson, presented employees who’d reached a one-year milestone with a gold Mickey Mouse watch. He told us, “When you check the time, this watch will remind you to have fun!” While California is more than Hollywood, Mickey Mouse is a global and endearing icon for fun.