Coalinga in Fresno County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Built in 1910 – Dismantled in 1945
—Aﬀectionately known as “Sunset School” —
In 1902 oil was eighteen to twenty cents a barrel. In 1905, oil advanced to forty cents a barrel and in the fall of 1908, oil raised to sixty-two and one-half cents a barrel.
Coalinga was the typical western mining camp – instead of gold or silver it was oil.
With the greater profits of 1907-09 also came a greater stability. Better homes were built and the shack era passed away. Along with prosperity came the pride in community, to build the best schools in the land,
“Grammar School, Sunset Style”
Erected by Coalinga Lions Club.
Location. 36° 8.543′ N, 120° 21.849′ W. Marker is in Coalinga, California, in Fresno County. Marker is on Sunset Avenue just south of West Adams Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 657 Sunset Avenue, Coalinga CA 93210, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Paul’s Catholic Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Motte Fountain (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); “Dr. Bill” B.M. Food Market (about 600 feet away); The Phelps Building (about 700 feet away); Coalinga Union High School (about 700 feet away); First Presbyterian Church of Coalinga (about 700 feet away); Liberty “Airdome Theater” (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coalinga.
Categories. • Education • Notable Buildings •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 1, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 233 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 1, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.