Bill Hart's property can be seen along Eshom Creek north of Eshom Valley on 1892 Thompson Atlas in Township 15S, Range 28E.
Bill Hart established his sawmill along Eshom Creek at Clipper Flat during the logging boom of the Badger area. Bill Hart owned 320 acres of land north of Eshom Valley and would eventually relocate his mill to Dark Canyon. Below Bill Hart's logging cabin can be seen in an undated photo from the late nineteenth century on Welcome to Eshom Valley.
Stagecoach Drive appears on the 1905 United States Geological Survey Map of the Tehipite area. The map also depicts what is now Cemetery Drive connecting from Eshom Valley Road north to Hart's Sawmill. Cemetery Drive no longer is passable north of Eshom Valley.
Eshom Valley Road and Stagecoach Drive can be seen branching east from the Badger area to Eshom Valley on the 1917 California State Automobile Association Map.
By 1920 Bill Hart began to subdivide his property and began survey a connecting road from Eshom Valley. The first lots at Hart's property at Clipper Flat sold during 1921. Eshom Valley Road can be seen extended from Eshom Valley northeast to what is now Pierce Valley Drive on the 1935 Division of Highways Map of Tulare County. No road directly connecting Pierce Valley Drive north to Whittaker Forest Road along Eshom Creek is displayed as being present.
During October 1945 the Millwood Christian Association purchased 80 acres of Bill Hart's property at Clipper Flat. The association had originally intended to develop a camp around the former logging grounds of Millwood but could not find a suitable property. The association changed board changed their name to the "Hartland Christian Association" in reference to the new camp being located on what was Bill Hart's property.
Eshom Valley Road was extended from Pierce Valley Road to Whittaker Forest Road following the establishment of Hartland Christian Camp. The connection from Hartland Christian Camp to Whittaker Forest Road was critical due to the once proposed reservoir which would have flooded Eshom Valley. The proposed reservoir at Eshom Valley was planned to be filled with water diverted from the North Fork Kaweah River. The Eshom Valley Reservoir was planned as part of the outgrowth of the Terminus Dam project by the Army Corps of Engineers.
Modern Eshom Valley Road appears as a loop of Whittaker Forest Road on the 1956 United States Geological Survey Map of the Giant Forest. Cemetery Road north of Eshom Valley Cemetery is shown to be abandoned. Eshom Valley itself is also shown as a proposed reservoir.
Part 2; a drive on Stagecoach Drive
Stagecoach Drive eastbound begins from a fork in the road along Tulare County Route J21 (Dry Creek Road). As Stagecoach Drive begins it is signed as 9 miles from Hartland Christian Camp (Hartland).
Stagecoach Drive eastbound descends into Dry Valley and crosses a bridge over Dry Creek.
Stagecoach Drive eastbound passes through Dry Valley and the small community of Sierra Lakes. Stagecoach Drive terminates at Eshom Valley Road.