“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Fresno in Fresno County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Fresno County Courthouse

Fresno County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson
1. Fresno County Courthouse Marker
Brass plaque is mounted on a granite boulder.
Inscription. A temporary rough board building, containing county offices, was erected near the spot in the fall of 1874, about the time the cornerstone was laid for the original permanent courthouse. Fresno was selected by the voters in a previous spring election to replace Millerton as the county seat.

This plaque commemorates the 100th anniversary of the move from the gold mining foothill community to the new railroad town on the valley plains.
Jim Savage Chapter 1852
E Clampus Vitus
September 28, 1974

Erected 1974. (Marker Number 18.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 36° 44.15′ N, 119° 47.383′ W. Marker is in Fresno, California, in Fresno County. Marker is on Van Ness Avenue 0.2 miles from Tulare Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in the first of 5 landscaped planters leading up to the entrance to the current courthouse erected in 1966. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1100 Van Ness Avenue, Fresno CA 93721, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Lao Hmong American War Memorial
Fresno County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson
2. Fresno County Courthouse Marker
Located in first of 5 planters in front of the courthouse.
(within shouting distance of this marker); William Saroyan (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fresno (about 400 feet away); Purple Heart Memorial (about 400 feet away); Honoring the Ex-Braceros and Their Contributions (about 400 feet away); Viva Liberation (about 500 feet away); David of Sassoon (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fresno.
More about this marker. The marker is located in Courthouse Park. There are several memorials erected in Courthouse Park including the Fresno Peace Officers Memorial, Benito Juarez statue, Chester Rowell, Hmong Memorial, Fresno Memorial, David of Sasoon, Purple Heart Memorial and more.
Regarding Fresno County Courthouse. The rough board structures lasted just over a year. The first permanent 3 story courthouse was completed in 1875. In 1895 a fire destroyed the copper dome of the courthouse and a more modest dome replaced the original. In the early 1960's, it was determined that the structure was not "earthquake safe" and was ordered torn down.
Fresno County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
Berkeley On-Line Archives for San Joaquin Valley, circa 1885
3. Fresno County Courthouse
Believed to be from about 1885 based on the size of the trees in the photo.
Well, it took demolition crews several days longer than they expected to tear down the old building, it seemed like the old courthouse was more than strong enough to stand up to an earthquake, but progress had its way and an 8 story replacement was completed in 1966.
Categories. GovernmentNotable Buildings
Fresno County Courthouse rendering image. Click for full size.
circa 1911
4. Fresno County Courthouse rendering
An early drawing of the courthouse taken from the border of a 1911 map of Fresno.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 24, 2010, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. This page has been viewed 1,686 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 24, 2010, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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