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

Fredrick Tibbits and Louis O誰eill

1896

 
 
Fredrick Tibbits and Louis O誰eill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 22, 2013
1. Fredrick Tibbits and Louis O誰eill Marker
Inscription. In the 1880s coal was being mined in the hills of southwest Fresno County. In 1888, the Southern Pacific Railroad extended its line from Goshen to Alcade, south and west of present-day Coalinga. The San Joaquin Valley Coal Mining Company developed a mine on the Westside, behind what is known as 25D today. It became quite an industrial center, but the coal was not sufficiently aged to be of competitive value.
Coalinga didn稚 really begin to develop until after oil was discovered and the first oil well was brought in, in 1896. Then Fredrick Tibbits opened a saloon, the “Cornet”, and Louis O誰iell built a store. By 1900, Coalinga could boast about two dozen frame buildings. Tent and shanties also dotted the town site. The oil boom began. The town became known as a freewheeling boom town. Front Street, better known as Whiskey Row, had thirteen saloons that all did a rousing business. Many of them were also elaborate gambling dens and sites of many fistfights, brawls and shoot-outs. All the stuff of legendary frontier lore.
 
Erected by Coalinga Lions Club.
 
Location. 36° 8.352′ N, 120° 21.55′ W. Marker is in Coalinga, California, in Fresno County. Marker is at the intersection of East Forest Avenue
Fredrick Tibbits and Louis O誰eill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 22, 2013
2. Fredrick Tibbits and Louis O誰eill Marker
and North 5th Street, on the right when traveling west on East Forest Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 East Forest Avenue, Coalinga CA 93210, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A.P. May Inc. (a few steps from this marker); Coalinga痴 Notorious Whiskey Row “1909” (a few steps from this marker); Sullivan Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Coalinga痴 First Rail Station – 1891 (within shouting distance of this marker); Bordagaray痴 (within shouting distance of this marker); Crescent Meat Co. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Earthquake of 1983 (about 400 feet away); Amy 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 243 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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