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

Coalinga’s First Rail Station – 1891

 
 
Coalinga’s First Rail Station – 1891 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 22, 2013
1. Coalinga’s First Rail Station – 1891 Marker
Inscription. In the 1880’s coal was being mined in the hills of southwestern Fresno Co. In 1888 the Southern Pacific Railroad extended it’s line from Goshen to Alcade, south and west of present day Coalinga. A spur line was built from the mine to the railhead. Coaling stations B and C were on the spur line.
Coalinga really began to develop in the early 1890’s when oil was discovered. In 1891 Frederick Tibbits opened a saloon, on F Street; the railroad depot, and Louis O’Neill built a store. In 1896 the first big well was brought in at a thousand barrels a day. The railroad opened Coalinga’s doors to the world and the world came to develop markets for this oil.

Coalinga S.P. Time Table
April 28, 1912
Leave
No. 60; 6.00 A.M.
No. 62; 5:30 P.M.
Arrive
No. 73; 9:30 P.M.
No. 69: 10:00 P.M.

No. 60 connects at Goshen Junction with trains going north and south and at Armona for Westside town.
No.62 carries San Francisco and Los Angeles sleepers and connects at the Goshen Junction for the north and southbound trains.
No. 73 carries San Francisco and Los Angeles sleepers.

 
Erected by Coalinga Lions Club.
 
Location. 36° 8.334′ N, 120° 21.524′ W. Marker is in Coalinga, California, in Fresno County. Marker is on South 5th Street
Coalinga’s First Rail Station – 1891 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 22, 2013
2. Coalinga’s First Rail Station – 1891 Marker
just south of East Forest Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 South 5th Street, Coalinga CA 93210, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Coalinga’s Notorious Whiskey Row “1909” (within shouting distance of this marker); A.P. May Inc. (within shouting distance of this marker); Fredrick Tibbits and Louis O’Neill (within shouting distance of this marker); Sullivan Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Bordagaray’s (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Crescent Meat Co. (about 500 feet away); Coalinga Opera House (about 600 feet away); The Earthquake of 1983 (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Coalinga.
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 324 times since then and 10 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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