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Kerman in Fresno County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Kerman

 
 
Kerman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, circa Sept 2003
1. Kerman Marker
Originally named Collis prior to 1890, renamed Kerman in 1906
Inscription. Originally, in the late 1800's Kerman was called "Collis" in honor of the Southern Pacific Railroad President at the time, Collis P. Huntington. The Southern Pacific Railroad line was built through Kerman in 1891. The name was changed to Kerman in 1906 when two Los Angels Capitalists, William G. Kerchoff and Jacob Mansar, purchased a large tract of land from the insolvent Bank of California. With a water supply and electrical power being brought to the area the town quickly grew. The city of Kerman was incorporated in 1946.
 
Erected 2003 by Jim Savage Chapter 1852, E Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 42.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus, and the Southern Pacific Railroad marker series.
 
Location. 36° 43.233′ N, 120° 3.62′ W. Marker is in Kerman, California, in Fresno County. Marker is at the intersection of South Madera Avenue (State Highway 145) and West California Avenue, in the median on South Madera Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is located at the end of Plaza Park, a park in the median of Madera Avenue (State Highway 145). Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 South Madera Avenue, Kerman CA 93630, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 14 miles
Kerman Marker with dignitaries image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, Sept 2003
2. Kerman Marker with dignitaries
Marker at the end of Plaza Park with members of E Clampus Vitus, the Mayor of Kerman, and the President of the Fresno County Historical Society during the dedication of the monument.
of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sycamore Point (was approx. 7 miles away but has been reported missing. ); John Charles Fremont (approx. 7.8 miles away); Forestiere Underground Gardens (approx. 11.6 miles away); Sierra Sky Park (approx. 13.4 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Plaza park has a less acceptable name from the past. Before it became the very nice lush green family oriented park it is now, it was known as "wino park".
 
Regarding Kerman. The story is that Kerchoff and Mansar combined their names to form the name Ker-Man for the city name. Additional research shows that Mansar may have been ethnically Persian. There is a much older town of Kerman in the country of Iran. It is likely Jacob Mansar had a little bit more pull with the name than Kerchoff had.
 
Also see . . .  Kerman Photo History. Includes historic pictures of Plaza Park, Skaggs Bridge, and the steamboat J.R. McDonald along with the history of Kerman. (Submitted on September 3, 2010, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Kerman's Plaza Veterans Park image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, August 29, 2010
3. Kerman's Plaza Veterans Park
Kerman's Plaza Veterans Park sign frames the marker
Kerman's Plaza Veterans Park image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, August 29, 2010
4. Kerman's Plaza Veterans Park
Picture of Kerman's Plaza Veterans Park taken from the marker
Historic Kerman mural by Claudia Fisher image. Click for full size.
circa 2008
5. Historic Kerman mural by Claudia Fisher
Sycamore Point just outside of Kerman is identified as the end of riverboat navigation on the San Joaquin River. Riverboats traveled from the ocean all the way to Sycamore Point at Skaggs Bridge from around 1852 until November of 1911. The streetsigns of Kerman include a steamboat on them to commemorate this era.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 20, 2010, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. This page has been viewed 1,048 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 20, 2010, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California.   3, 4, 5. submitted on September 3, 2010, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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