“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Coalinga in Fresno County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Motte Fountain

In appreciation from Vince and Lois Motte

Motte Fountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 22, 2013
1. Motte Fountain Marker
Vince Motte was born at home in Coalinga on the 6th of August, 1913. He is the youngest son of Westside pioneers Baptiste and Josephine Motte. Baptiste homesteaded, what is now Motte Canyon in the Jacalitos Hills south of Coalinga. Later he established a food delivery service and a market at the northwest corner of Fith and Cedar Streets. Vince was raised in Coalinga and graduated from Coalinga Union High School in 1933. He later took over his fatherís grocery business, B.M. Food Market. He married Lois in 1946. They raised three children, John, Sandra, and Barry.

This fountain is an expression of their love and appreciation for the City they cherish.


Location. 36° 8.615′ N, 120° 21.824′ W. Marker is in Coalinga, California, in Fresno County. Marker is at the intersection of Van Ness Street and Sunset Avenue, on the left when traveling west on Van Ness Street. Click for map. Motte Fountain is located in a small park formed by Sunset Avenue, Van Street and Ash Avenue. Marker is at or near this postal address: 799 Van Ness Street, Coalinga CA 93210, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Coalinga Union High School (within shouting distance of this marker); Grammar School
Motte Fountain image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 22, 2013
2. Motte Fountain
Coalinga Union High School is visible in the background.
(about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Paulís Catholic Church (about 600 feet away); “Dr. Bill” (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Phelps Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); B.M. Food Market (approx. 0.2 miles away); Liberty “Airdome Theater” (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Bertrich Block (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Coalinga.
Categories. Man-Made Features
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 195 times since then and 61 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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