"Old Ben" Fullingim

 

 

Age: 99

 

Summary: well-known Tuolumne County, California character who lived alone in a sagging shack he hand-built on public land in the early 1950's on gold claims, who for years successfully challenged his right to live on the land as a squatter, and who served as mascot of the Mother Lode Fair and Parade.

 

 

Cause of Death: Natural causes

 

Born: September 4, 1904

 

Died: December 21, 2003

 

Location: Fresno, California