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Coalinga in Fresno County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Phelps Building

Erected 1910 – Dismantled 1967 (Built by W.J. Ochs)

 
 
The Phelps Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 22, 2013
1. The Phelps Building Marker
Inscription. October 8, 1910, Coalinga Daily Oil Record:
Phelps Building Asset to Coalinga
Excellent View of Coalinga’s Wonderful Field Can Be Obtained From Roof of Sky Scraper”
"One of the recent additions to the city of Coalinga and what gives the busy oil town a metropolis like appearance is the three-story brick structure that occupies the corner of Fifth and C streets in the heart of the city. Mr. Phelps who became prominent to the oil world through his connection with the renowned Silver Tip Well, in which he was a stockholder and took active part in its drilling. In the erection of the Phelps building, a departure from the main business portion of the city was made by owner Mr. I. Zed Phelps, a prominent operator both of Coalinga and other fields. In the third story of this magnificent building erected at a cost of approximately $50,000, is housed the Growlers Club, composed of most of the leading oil operators in the field and businessmen of the city. The second story has been put in first class shape for an ideal dancing pavilion and may also be converted to a social hall. In the ground floor, the independent Meat Co. has installed a meat market, the fixtures and appliances of which are not excelled in any shop of its size in the state. The corner room will soon be fitted up to be occupied by a large
The Phelps Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 22, 2013
2. The Phelps Building Marker
The marker is on the far left.
cash mercantile establishment.”
 
Erected by Coalinga Lions Club.
 
Location. 36° 8.472′ N, 120° 21.749′ W. Marker is in Coalinga, California, in Fresno County. Marker is at the intersection of Coalinga Plaza (North 5th Street) and East Cedar Avenue on Coalinga Plaza (North 5th Street). Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 410 Coalinga Plaza, Coalinga CA 93210, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. B.M. Food Market (a few steps from this marker); Liberty “Airdome Theater” (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bertrich Block (within shouting distance of this marker); “Dr. Bill” (within shouting distance of this marker); Coalinga Woman’s Club (within shouting distance of this marker); Row of Store Buildings Destroyed By Earthquake in 1983 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pleasant Valley Hotel (about 400 feet away); The Rockwell Building (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Coalinga.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
The Location of the Coalinga Centennial Time Capsule image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 22, 2013
3. The Location of the Coalinga Centennial Time Capsule
The site of the Phelps Building in the background.
The Coalinga Centennial Time Capsule image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 22, 2013
4. The Coalinga Centennial Time Capsule
2006 Centennial Time Capsule at
the Coalinga Town Clock which
was originally privately funded
and dedicated in 1977
A.Nishioka, Architect

...and when the seal to the tomb of Tutankhamen was pierced Howard Carter made a hole large enough to permit the rays of a lighted candle. Lord Carnarvon quickly exclaimed, “Can you see anything?” Carter said “Yes, wonderful things.”
Egypt, Valley of the Kings, 1922

The vessel laid below is filled with curiosities from 1977 and again from out time. It awaits those who will retrieve it on the third day of the fourth month in the year 2016.

Respicite deinde in perpetuo progredimini

Coalinga Centennial Committee and the Citizen of Coalinga
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 228 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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