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

The Bertrich Block

Constructed 1906 – Destroyed 1983

 
 
The Bertrich Block Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 22, 2013
1. The Bertrich Block Marker
Caption: The Bertrich block, became known as the “Kettleman” apartment. This plaque is inspired by Rebecca Zinn Todd, whose mother managed the apartments at the time of her birth.
Inscription. A story in the “Coalinga Oil Record: described it as, “A two story modern brick building, of which the second story is under construction, and when completed will be one of the most modern equipped apartment houses in the valley.” The lower story, which was built some time ago, was occupied by some of Coalinga’s business houses. The grocery firm of “Burke & Tennant” occupied the corner store. It constantly had on display an excellent line of groceries and cereals. The room next to the grocery was occupied by the “Usher” Waist shop, which carried an elegant line of ladies’ waists and furnishings. In the store adjoined was “Mrs. Henry’s” Millinery establishment, with an excellent display of millinery and hat trimmings. Then came the “Vogue” which carried one of the swellest lines of ladies’ goods and notions on display in the valley. The last business house was the “W. Smith Hardware and Sporting Goods.”
 
Erected by Coalinga Lions Club.
 
Location. 36° 8.456′ N, 120° 21.742′ W. Marker is in Coalinga, California, in Fresno County. Marker is on Coalinga Plaza (North 5th Street) near West Durian Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Click for map
The Bertrich Block Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 22, 2013
2. The Bertrich Block Marker
. Marker is at or near this postal address: 399 Coalinga Plaza, Coalinga CA 93210, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Liberty “Airdome Theater” (a few steps from this marker); The Phelps Building (within shouting distance of this marker); B.M. Food Market (within shouting distance of this marker); Coalinga Woman’s Club (within shouting distance of this marker); “Dr. Bill” (within shouting distance of this marker); Pleasant Valley Hotel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Row of Store Buildings Destroyed By Earthquake in 1983 (about 300 feet away); The Rockwell Building (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Coalinga.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 238 times since then and 17 times this year. 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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