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Clovis in Fresno County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Tarpey Depot
 
Tarpey Depot Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Lester J Letson
1. Tarpey Depot Marker
 
Inscription. Built in 1892 as one of the three depots along the line of the San Joaquin Valley Railroad, this structure was originally located on the Tarpey Ranch just southeast of what is now the intersection of Ashlan and Clovis Avenues. In the span of its exisence, it has served as a freight and passenger depot, the La Paloma Winery office, a post office, a polling place and as the office of Billings and Fine, real estate agents for the Tarpey Village development. It is the last remnant of the San Joaquin Valley Railroad, a 26 mile route from Fresno to present day Friant built in 1891 and sold to Southern Pacific Railroad in 1893. The combination of the railroad and the 42 mile flume from Shaver Lake, built by the Fresno Flume and Irrigation Company and completed in 1894, provided the imputus for the founding of the City of Clovis.
 
Erected 2000 by E Clampus Vitus, Jim Savage Chapter 1852.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 36° 49.517′ N, 119° 42.017′ W. Marker is in Clovis, California, in Fresno County. Marker is at the intersection of South Clovis Avenue and 4th Street, on the right when traveling north on South Clovis Avenue. Click for map. The back side of the very large granite monument can be seen from Clovis Avenue, but to read the monument you have to park and enter the courtyard next to the Tarpey Depot visitor's center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 399 South Clovis Avenue, Clovis CA 93612, United States of America.
 
Tarpey Depot Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Lester J Letson
2. Tarpey Depot Marker
Originally used as a climbing rock to test out rock climbing equipment.
 

 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Clovis Veterans Memorial (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); September 11th California Memorial (approx. 2.7 miles away); Fort Washington (approx. 5.3 miles away); Frank Chance Field 1935-1941 (approx. 6.9 miles away); Fresno Assembly Center (approx. 7.1 miles away); Fresno Traction Company (approx. 7.1 miles away); George M. Bowman (approx. 7.7 miles away); Site of Church-Sperry Mill and Mill Ditch (approx. 7.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Clovis.
 
More about this marker. The huge granite rock used for the mounument itself was once known as the "climbing rock" and at one time sat about 100 yards south of this location directly across from a sporting goods store. It was placed there by the sporting goods store and was used by rock climbers to test out rock climbing equipment until the store closed down.
 
Regarding Tarpey Depot. A related monument to the San Joaquin Valley Railroad sits in Treasure Ingmire Park about a mile north on Clovis Avenue.
 
Tarpey Depot before it was moved back to Clovis Photo, Click for full size
By Lester J Letson
3. Tarpey Depot before it was moved back to Clovis
The depot as it looked before being moved back to Clovis. It was in such bad shape that some engineers believed it would fall apart if it was moved. Thankfully they were wrong.
 
 
Tarpey Depot as seen through some trees Photo, Click for full size
By Lester J Letson
4. Tarpey Depot as seen through some trees
The depot as it looks today
 
 
Tarpey Train Depot as it looked around 1905 Photo, Click for full size
circa 1905
5. Tarpey Train Depot as it looked around 1905
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on January 2, 2010, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. This page has been viewed 1,228 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 2, 2010, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California.   5. submitted on January 8, 2010, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of the related marker located in Treasure Ingmire Park. • Can you help?
 
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