Kingsburg in Fresno County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Historic Kingsburg Jail
Built in 1925
As soon as February 16th, 1925, the city council was discussing cots and shelves for the jail and an invitation to the Fresno County Board of Supervisors to attend a dedication. Records indicate that the final payment was made to the contractor April 20th, 1925. Thus, it was only six months from the opening of bids to the completion of construction. The jail was constructed using poured in place concrete with steel reinforcing rods throughout its thick walls and ceiling. It is estimated that it weighs 125 tons.
The jail was taken out of service in the early 1970s and became a police evidence storage facility as well as an equipment room for the first 911 phone system in Kingsburg. Since the 1990's the jail has been vacant and abandoned. There was some consideration
After considering several alternatives, it was decided to lease the jail to the Kingsburg Historical Society. In March, 2008, the Larry L. Hillblom Foundation provided a grant to provide for the majority of the restoration and displays that you see today.
Erected 2009 by The Larry L. Hillblom Foundation, The Kingsburg City Council, The Kingsburg Historical Society, Gary Nelson, President, Lousie Anderson Researcher, and David Meyer Project Director.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
Location. 36° 30.877′ N, 119° 33.112′ W. Marker is in Kingsburg, California, in Fresno County. Marker can be reached from Marion Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located at the Kingsburg Downtown Park, behind the Main Fire Station. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1460 Marion Street, Kingsburg CA 93631, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fred French (a few steps from this marker); George Boyle (a few steps from this marker); The History of the Town Kingsburg (about 500 Libby, McNeill and Libby Cannery (approx. 4˝ miles away); Frank Dusy (approx. 4.9 miles away); Selma (approx. 4.9 miles away); Traver (approx. 5.9 miles away); Groundwater Irrigation Beginnings (approx. 6.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kingsburg.
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