Coalinga in Fresno County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Harry S. Watanabe
(1896 – 1987)
Watanabe had a different vision, he started a nursery and began experimenting. From his discoveries he helped the city gradually change from a dusty, wild west frontier town to a community of shade. He helped landscape nearly every early public building, including schools, hospital and City Hall. His work as a professional nurseryman lasted from 1928 until the mid-1960s. His valued advice was sought by all those who needed gardening assistance. In 1942 the Watanabe family joined others of Japanese descent who were interned in Arkansas for the duration of World War II. The Watanabes returned to Coalinga in 1946 and reopened their nursery business.
In 1972, Watanabe and his wife Yoshino, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Watanabe passed
In remembrance of Harry Watanabe, the Coalinga City Council dedicated this wildlife habitat and named it Watanabe Natural Science Park on April 17, 1997.
Erected 1997 by Coalinga City Council.
Location. 36° 9.227′ N, 120° 21.236′ W. Marker is in Coalinga, California, in Fresno County. Marker is at the intersection of Elm Avenue (California Route 33.198) and Phelps Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Elm Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1650 Elm Avenue, Coalinga CA 93210, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “Wooden Walking Beam” (a few steps from this marker); Coalinga Union High School (approx. 0.9 miles away); Bobís 76 Service (approx. 0.9 miles away); Motte Fountain (approx. 0.9 miles away); Coalinga Carnegie Library (approx. 0.9 miles away); Grammar School (approx. one mile away); Coalinga Opera House (approx. one mile away); “Dr. Bill” (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coalinga.
Categories. • Asian Americans • Horticulture & Forestry •
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