Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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.
Photographed 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.
 
Topics. This
Paid Advertisement
Click on the ad for more information.
Please report objectionable advertising to the Editor.
Click or scan to see
this page online
historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1905.
 
Location. 36° 8.334′ N, 120° 21.524′ W. Marker is in Coalinga, California, in Fresno County. Marker is on South 5th Street just south of East Forest Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 South 5th Street, Coalinga CA 93210, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coalinga.
 
Coalinga’s First Rail Station – 1891 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, March 22, 2013
2. Coalinga’s First Rail Station – 1891 Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 2, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 821 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 2, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

Share this page.  
Share on Tumblr
m=64084

CeraNet Cloud Computing sponsors the Historical Marker Database.
U.S. FTC REQUIRED NOTICE: This website earns income from purchases you make after using links to Amazon.com. Thank you.
Paid Advertisements
Feb. 28, 2024