Kaweah was founded in 1891 by former members of the International Workingmen's Association who had in 1885 made plans for a socialistic community. Their troubles were great not only with their own colony but also the army when it was found 55 claims had been filed in one day for land in the area of the sequoias. Tharp, a farmer from Three Rivers, was the first white man to visit the back country and was met by the Yokut Indians. They liked him and he liked them. He said he never heard of theft of murder among them, but the settlers who followed Tharp soon changed their way of life... M.P.