Fresno in Fresno County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
George M. Bowman
1891 - 1984
This Water Tower is dedicated to George M. Bowman in recognition for thirty-six years of dedicated service to the City of Fresno and for his accomplishments as a naval officer. He was the city's first chief engineer and became general manager of the Water Department. He designed innovative electrical systems for street lighting, several well known public buildings and Chandler Air Field. Attaining the rank of rear admiral in the Navy, his career was distinguished by courage, leadership and diplomacy. It earned him the Silver Star, one of the nation's highest medals for heroism awarded by the President of the United States. In conspicuous gallantry aboard the U.S.S. Saratoga carrier he restored power to the ship, saving the crew and vessel. The Chinese government decorated him with the Cravate Blue of the Order for Meritorious Participation in the Sino-American Cooperative Organization. For his outstanding contributions to the Armed Forces, the veterans and reservists he received the Governor Earl Warren Trophy. We remember a man of valor who worked toward progress, world peace, understanding and the well-being of others.
Erected 1989 by City of Fresno.
Location. 36° 44.356′ N, 119° 47.235′ W. Marker is in Fresno, California, in Fresno County. Marker is at the intersection of Fresno Street and O Street, on the right when traveling east on Fresno Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2444 Fresno Street, Fresno CA 93721, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Church-Sperry Mill and Mill Ditch (here, next to this marker); The Fresno Water Tower (here, next to this marker); Fresno Corridor of Flags Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Fresno Memorial Auditorium (within shouting distance of this marker); Via Liberation (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fresno (approx. 0.2 miles away); David of Sassoon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lao Hmong American War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fresno.
Regarding George M. Bowman. The Fresno County Public Library's California History and Genealogy Room Vertical File holds some biographical information on George M. Bowman.
Also see . . . Old Fresno Water Tower. (Submitted on March 23, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 31, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 23, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 953 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 23, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 5. submitted on January 20, 2019, by Mandy Kirby of Clovis, California.