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

Bordagaray’s

One of the “Oldest Bars in the West”

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 22, 2013
1. Bordagaray’s Marker
Inscription. Dominique Bordagaray was born in St. Jean Pied de Port, Basses Pyrenees, France. Immigrated to the United States in 1893. Moved to Fresno Co. in 1895 and worked as a sheepherder until 1908. He established a sheep shearing camp at “Turk”, 9 miles east of Coalinga. Here he became the first man to use modern sheep shearing clippers. He homesteaded 140 acres 11 miles east of Coalinga. He also bought 6 lots on “C” street near Fifth. In 1904 he built a row of store buildings in Coalinga, one was a French laundry where he met his wife, Louisa Devaures. They were married in 1905. Their wedding was held at the Sullivan Hotel, another early Coalinga landmark. In 1913 with a partner he took over ownership of “Jack’s Place on Whiskey Row”. Later he started a tavern and rooming house on Fifth St. in 1917. This Tavern remained until the earthquake of 1983. One of the
“Oldest Bars in the West”.

 
Erected by Coalinga Lions Club.
 
Location. 36° 8.37′ N, 120° 21.585′ W. Marker is in Coalinga, California, in Fresno County. Marker is on North 5th Street south of East Elm Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 166 North 5th Street, Coalinga CA 93210, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Bordagaray’s Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 22, 2013
2. Bordagaray’s Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Crescent Meat Co. (within shouting distance of this marker); Fredrick Tibbits and Louis O’Neill (within shouting distance of this marker); A.P. May Inc. (within shouting distance of this marker); The Earthquake of 1983 (within shouting distance of this marker); Amy Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Sullivan Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Coalinga’s Notorious Whiskey Row “1909” (within shouting distance of this marker); Webb Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Coalinga.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 436 times since then and 3 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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