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

B.M. Food Market

1919-1983 Baptiste Motte

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 22, 2013
1. B.M. Food Market Marker
Inscription. At the age of 16, in the year of 1897, Baptiste migrated from Les Barraques, France, to homestead in the Jacalitos canyon, with a desire to be a cattleman. For living expenses, Baptiste worked fourteen years as an A.P. May store clerk-manager.
The start of a family at his homestead, miles from a town and a school, decision had to be made. So Baptiste Motte turned in his horse and saddle and purchased a model T traveling grocery store on wheels. This was the beginning – from house to house in town and from oil lease to oil lease to serve the people with groceries

Baptiste’s first downtown store was in the Bertrich Block – later known as the Kettleman Apartments. He bought a building at the corner of Fifth and Cedar in 1929, built by Mr. B. Pasch in 1908. The building became the “B.M. Food Market” and remained there until the earthquake of 1983.

Dedicated to John and Lois Motte
 
Erected by Coalinga Lions Club.
 
Location. 36° 8.466′ N, 120° 21.76′ W. Marker is in Coalinga, California, in Fresno County. Marker is on Coalinga Plaza (North 5th Street) near West Cedar Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 405 Coalinga Plaza, Coalinga CA 93210, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
B.M. Food Market Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 22, 2013
2. B.M. Food Market Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Phelps Building (a few steps from this marker); The Bertrich Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Liberty “Airdome Theater” (within shouting distance of this marker); “Dr. Bill” (within shouting distance of this marker); Coalinga Woman’s Club (within shouting distance of this marker); Pleasant Valley Hotel (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Row of Store Buildings Destroyed By Earthquake in 1983 (about 400 feet away); First Presbyterian Church of Coalinga (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Coalinga.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 257 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. 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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