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Coalinga in Fresno County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Coalinga Woman’s Club
Zenith Hall
Coalinga Woman’s Club Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Barry Swackhamer, March 22, 2013
1. Coalinga Woman’s Club Marker
Inscription. January 1905, Mrs. Anria Kerr invited ten lay friends to meet at her home to form the “Coalinga Ladies Improvement Club.” Their goal was to “promote harmony and improve social and civic needs.” In 1907 they joined the General and California Federation of Womans Clubs.
The club was active in planting trees, naming streets, supporting the library, city parks and Coalinga schools. The Halpensis Pine, known as “Coalinga’s Christmas Tree” was planted as one of their many projects. In the early years the ladies’ carried their wash water to water the trees and plants. In 1908 the club had its first Chrysanthemum fete and it still continues each year.

In “1913” their name was changed to the “Coalinga Womans Club.” In the early 1920s there were several womens clubs in the area of different oil leases. One of the more active clubs was the “Zenith Club” of young ladies. They had a need for a building and had two barracks moved into town from one of the oil leases. This building is of single wall construction, common to the area at the time. It was renovated for their needs and named “Zenith Hall”.

In “1962” the Coalinga Womans Club and the Zenith Club united with the stipulations the building would remain as “Zenith Hall.”
Coalinga Woman’s Club Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Barry Swackhamer, March 22, 2013
2. Coalinga Woman’s Club Marker
This building is recognized by the Fresno County Historical Society as a County Landmark.
Location. 36° 8.433′ N, 120° 21.763′ W. Marker is in Coalinga, California, in Fresno County. Marker is on East Cedar Avenue west of Coalinga Plaza ( North 5th Street), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 145 East Cedar Avneue, Coalinga CA 93210, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Bertrich Block (within shouting distance of this marker); B.M. Food Market (within shouting distance of this marker); Liberty “Airdome Theater” (within shouting distance of this marker); The Phelps Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Pleasant Valley Hotel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); “Dr. Bill” (about 300 feet away); Coalinga Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away); Row of Store Buildings Destroyed By Earthquake in 1983 (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Coalinga.
Categories. Fraternal or Sororal OrganizationsNotable Buildings
Credits. This page originally submitted on March 31, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 333 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 31, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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