Near Kerman in Fresno County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Site of Fresno City
Five miles southwesterly from this point, on both sides of Fresno Slough, is the site of Fresno City. Fresno City gradually arose at the head of navigation of Fresno Slough and existed from approximately 1855 to 1875. The town served as a station for the Butterfield Overland mail stages that carried the first overland mail on a regular schedule between St. Louis and San Francisco. Today there are no traces of Fresno City. In 1872, the current city of Fresno, later the county seat, was established about thirty miles to the southwest, on the newly built Central Pacific Railroad.
California Registered Historical Landmark No. 488. Plaque placed by California State Parks in cooperation with the Fresno County Historical Society, May 4, 1952. Rededicated by the Bill Beaver Project and the California Landmark Foundation, June 19, 2021.
Erected 1952 by California State Parks, Fresno County Historical Society. Bill Beaver Project, California Landmark Foundation. (Marker Number 488.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Butterfield Overland Mail, and the California Historical Landmarks series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1855.
Location. 36° 44.063′ N, 120° 12.683′ W. Marker is near Kerman, California, in Fresno County. Marker is on Whitesbridge Avenue (California Route 180) 0.3 miles west of James Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kerman CA 93630, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kerman (approx. 8.4 miles away); Borden Chinese Cemetery (approx. 16.4 miles away); a different marker also named Borden Chinese Cemetery (approx. 16.4 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on June 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 26, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 222 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 26, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.