Coalinga in Fresno County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
B.M. Food Market
1919-1983 Baptiste Motte
The start of a family at his homestead, miles from a town and a school, decision had to be made. So Baptiste Motte turned in his horse and saddle and purchased a model T traveling grocery store on wheels. This was the beginning – from house to house in town and from oil lease to oil lease to serve the people with groceries
Baptiste’s first downtown store was in the Bertrich Block – later known as the Kettleman Apartments. He bought a building at the corner of Fifth and Cedar in 1929, built by Mr. B. Pasch in 1908. The building became the “B.M. Food Market” and remained there until the earthquake of 1983.
Dedicated to John and Lois Motte
Erected by Coalinga Lions Club.
Location. 36° 8.466′ N, 120° 21.76′ W. Marker is in Coalinga, California, in Fresno County. Marker is on Coalinga Plaza (North 5th Street) near West Cedar Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 405 Coalinga Plaza, Coalinga CA 93210, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. The Phelps Building (a few steps from this marker); The Bertrich Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Liberty “Airdome Theater” (within shouting distance of this marker); “Dr. Bill” (within shouting distance of this marker); Coalinga Woman’s Club (within shouting distance of this marker); Pleasant Valley Hotel (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Row of Store Buildings Destroyed By Earthquake in 1983 (about 400 feet away); First Presbyterian Church of Coalinga (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coalinga.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Notable Buildings •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 29, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 271 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 29, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.