Drone’s-eye view: Upper Dinely Drive and Highway 198

In this segment, a number of riverfront homes, some new and some older, are visible as Dinely Drive begins to climb toward road’s end. In the past, the Dinely neighborhood has been home to several local Three Rivers residents who played prominent roles in the community. Drone’s-eye view

A century ago, Clarence Dinely’s orchard on the Middle Fork occupied much of the flat terrain now dotted with homesites. Dinely’s orchard produced some exceptionally fine, large red apples. Dinely Drive is Clarence Dinely’s namesake; he reportedly owned the area’s finest piano and was an accomplished performer. Drone’s-eye view

In the past decade, two prominent Dinely Drive residents will be long remembered in the annals of Three Rivers. Roberta McDowall Harris (1934-2018) lived in Three Rivers for 70 years. She was raised by her parents, Archie and Mary McDowall, on the North Fork near the Kaweah Post Office in a home still owned by McDowall descendants today. Drone’s-eye view

Roberta “Bobbie” Harris had deep roots at Three Rivers Union School. Her mother, Mary, was a teacher and the school’s first principal. She later added superintendent to her title and was a mainstay at TRUS for nearly four decades. Drone’s-eye view

Bobbie Harris graduated from TRUS and was a teacher there from 1968 until her retirement in 1995. For more than 90 years, beginning with Mary McDowall in 1929, there has been a member of Bobbie’s family continuously employed at Three Rivers School, including her daughter Robin Pena (who worked there before Bobbie’s retirement) and son-in-law Edmund Pena, who is still working there during the current coronavirus closure. Drone’s-eye view

All five of Bobbie’s children attended Three Rivers School.  She lived out her retirement years in Three Rivers at her Dinely Drive residence. Drone’s-eye view

Chan Wilcox (1930-2015) was born and raised on the East Coast and worked in farming and ranching his entire life. In 1956, after his discharge from the Army where he was stationed at Fort Ord, he relocated to Visalia. From there he discovered Three Rivers, purchasing his Dinely Drive property in 1978. Drone’s-eye view

Wilcox retired in Three Rivers, living at his Dinely Drive residence for the last 25 years of his life. Chan was an avid supporter of the Sierra Traditional Jazz Club and left a generous bequest to the Three Rivers Historical Society. That generous donation has been used in the development at the museum site that is taking place today.      Drone’s eye view 

Other views: Drone’s-eye view: Dinely Bridge to Lake Elowin

One thought on “Drone’s-eye view: Upper Dinely Drive and Highway 198

  • April 17, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks for providing the social context along with the video. The stories of the people who lived there make the landscape even more special.


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