Selma in Fresno County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Groundwater Irrigation Beginnings
Symbol of Progress
The longest life is but a quick drawn breath.
But every generation does what tasks it can
to achieve a sense of worth before its death.
This pioneer village serves as a history’s clerk.
What you see here is more than it would seem.
These simple structures symbolize
This school, this church, the business, and the home,
now here epitomize our country’s might.
They changed a desert’s dust to fertile loam
and speak a silent message through this site;
“As citizens we all should strive to be bold builders of a good community.”
Charles B. Garrigus
Poet Laureate of California
July 4, 1980
Erected 1986 by E Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 30.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 36° 34.817′ N, 119° 37.867′ W. Marker is in Selma, California, in Fresno County. Marker can be reached from Art Gonzales Parkway 0.2 miles from Highland Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1880 Art Gonzales Parkway, Selma CA 93662, 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. Selma (approx. 1.4 miles away); Frank Dusy (approx. 1½ miles away); Libby, McNeill and Libby Cannery (approx. 1.9 miles away); Fowler's Switch (approx. 4.3 miles away); The History of the Town Kingsburg Fred French (approx. 6.3 miles away); George Boyle (approx. 6.3 miles away); The Historic Kingsburg Jail (approx. 6.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Selma.
More about this marker. Marker is located in Pioneer Village, a park with vintage buildings relocated from around Selma, Houses, an old Opera House and a barn. There are museums displaying different cultures that thrived in the Selma area at the turn of the century. The marker can be viewed by exiting Hiway 99 southbound at the Floral Avenue exit, making a left, turning under the freeway, making the first left turn on to Higland Avenue, and continuing until you reach Gonzales Parkway. A left at this short street will take you to the entrance gates to Pioneer Village. The monument can be seen to the right about 15 yards away from the gates to the park. The gates are usually locked, but are open every other Saturday from 11:00AM to 1:00PM and plans are in the works to make access to the park more convenient soon.
Regarding Groundwater Irrigation Beginnings. Recognized as the first Deep Well sunk in California, and identified as the beginnings of well water being used instead of canal water to irrigate crops in the valley.
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 31, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 14, 2010, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. This page has been viewed 1,360 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on March 14, 2010, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. 2. submitted on January 21, 2019, by Mandy Kirby of Clovis, California. 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 14, 2010, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.