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

A.P. May Inc.

1903 – 1973

 
 
A.P. May Inc. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 22, 2013
1. A.P. May Inc. Marker
Inscription. A.P. May migrated from England in 1884, homesteaded at the mouth of Los Gatos Creek, in 1888 was one of the first to open a store in Coalinga. The store is now Coalinga Hardware.
He started the store on a very small scale in the early part of 1894, on Front Street across from the railroad. The town consisted of one saloon, post office, the Sorroca Hotel, the Jackson Hotel, and a few residences.
In 1897 he married Stella D. Kerr, built a home on the corner of Fifth and Elm. He thought it was far enough away from the business district.
The brick store was built in 1902, and in 1903 he put up the row of brick stores along Fifth Street to Lacey’s Cafe. He built the two-story part of the store, on Fifth Street, in 1905. The second story being used as apartments.
 
Erected by Coalinga Lions Club.
 
Location. 36° 8.343′ N, 120° 21.553′ W. Marker is in Coalinga, California, in Fresno County. Marker is at the intersection of West Forest Avenue and North 5th Street, on the right when traveling west on West Forest Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 West Forest Avenue, Coalinga CA 93210, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fredrick Tibbits and Louis O’Neill
A.P. May Inc. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 22, 2013
2. A.P. May Inc. Marker
(a few steps from this marker); Coalinga’s Notorious Whiskey Row “1909” (a few steps from this marker); Sullivan Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Coalinga’s First Rail Station – 1891 (within shouting distance of this marker); Bordagaray’s (within shouting distance of this marker); Crescent Meat Co. (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Earthquake of 1983 (about 500 feet away); Amy Building (about 500 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 216 times since then and 2 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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