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Coordinates: 36°23′21″N 119°42′31″W / 36.38917°N 119.70861°W / 36.38917; -119.70861

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Mussel Slough Tragedy
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Mussel Slough Tragedy Historical Landmark
Location 5.6 miles (9 km) northwest of Hanford, California
Date May 11, 1880 (1880-05-11)
Deaths 7
Motive Dispute over land titles
Designated: 1936
Reference #: 245

The Mussel Slough Tragedy was a dispute over land titles between settlers and the Southern Pacific Railroad (SP) that took place on May 11, 1880, on a farm located 5.6 miles (9 km) northwest of Hanford, California, in the central San Joaquin Valley, leaving seven people dead.

The exact history of the incident has been the source of some disagreement, largely because popular anti-railroad sentiment in the 1880s interpreted the incident as a clear example of corrupt and cold-blooded corporate greed. The site of the episode is now registered as California Historical Landmark #245. A historical marker on the east side of 14th Avenue, 350 yards (320 m) north of Elder Avenue, memorializes the site.

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