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

The Historic Kingsburg Jail

Built in 1925

 
 
The Historic Kingsburg Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 27, 2016
1. The Historic Kingsburg Jail Marker
Inscription. On October 20, 1924 the Kingsburg City Council authorized the city clerk to call for bids to construct a new jail to replace a dilapidated wooden jail built in 1874. Less than one month thereafter, the bids were received and opened, and the Anton Johnson Company had submitted the low bid in the amount of $3,098.00. Its location was also agreed upon at the same meeting.

As soon as February 16th, 1925, the city council was discussing cots and shelves for the jail and an invitation to the Fresno County Board of Supervisors to attend a dedication. Records indicate that the final payment was made to the contractor April 20th, 1925. Thus, it was only six months from the opening of bids to the completion of construction. The jail was constructed using poured in place concrete with steel reinforcing rods throughout its thick walls and ceiling. It is estimated that it weighs 125 tons.

The jail was taken out of service in the early 1970s and became a police evidence storage facility as well as an equipment room for the first 911 phone system in Kingsburg. Since the 1990's the jail has been vacant and abandoned. There was some consideration given to moving the jail structure to a new site on the Kingsburg Historical Park grounds. However, it was ultimately determined that the structure might not withstand such a move.

After
The Historic Kingsburg Jail and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 27, 2016
2. The Historic Kingsburg Jail and Marker
Marker is visible to the left of the entrance door.
considering several alternatives, it was decided to lease the jail to the Kingsburg Historical Society. In March, 2008, the Larry L. Hillblom Foundation provided a grant to provide for the majority of the restoration and displays that you see today.
 
Erected 2009 by The Larry L. Hillblom Foundation, The Kingsburg City Council, The Kingsburg Historical Society, Gary Nelson, President, Lousie Anderson Researcher, and David Meyer Project Director.
 
Location. 36° 30.877′ N, 119° 33.112′ W. Marker is in Kingsburg, California, in Fresno County. Marker can be reached from Marion Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Kingsburg Downtown Park, behind the Main Fire Station. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1460 Marion Street, Kingsburg CA 93631, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fred French (a few steps from this marker); George Boyle (a few steps from this marker); The History of the Town Kingsburg (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Libby, McNeill and Libby Cannery (approx. 4 miles away); Frank Dusy (approx. 4.9
The Historic Kingsburg Jail image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 27, 2016
3. The Historic Kingsburg Jail
miles away); Selma (approx. 4.9 miles away); Traver (approx. 5.9 miles away); Groundwater Irrigation Beginnings (approx. 6.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kingsburg.
 
Also see . . .  The Kingsburg Jail. Additional photos of the jail and interior displays. (Submitted on June 26, 2016.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Inside the Historic Kingsburg Jail image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 27, 2016
4. Inside the Historic Kingsburg Jail
Inside the Historic Kingsburg Jail image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 27, 2016
5. Inside the Historic Kingsburg Jail
Sam Cline, Kingsburg Marshal image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 27, 2016
6. Sam Cline, Kingsburg Marshal
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 26, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 21, 2016, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 111 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 21, 2016, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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