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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Fresno County, California

 
Clickable Map of Fresno County, California and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Fresno County, CA (116) Inyo County, CA (115) Kings County, CA (7) Madera County, CA (39) Merced County, CA (34) Mono County, CA (76) Monterey County, CA (236) San Benito County, CA (50) Tulare County, CA (81)  FresnoCounty(116) Fresno County (116)  InyoCounty(115) Inyo County (115)  KingsCounty(7) Kings County (7)  MaderaCounty(39) Madera County (39)  MercedCounty(34) Merced County (34)  MonoCounty(76) Mono County (76)  MontereyCounty(236) Monterey County (236)  SanBenitoCounty(50) San Benito County (50)  TulareCounty(81) Tulare County (81)
Fresno is the county seat for Fresno County
Adjacent to Fresno County, California
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1California, Fresno County, Centerville — 23 — Kings River - Centerville
On East Kings Canyon Road (State Highway 180) near South Rainbow Route, on the left when traveling east.
Gabriel Moraga of the Spanish Army, on Jan. 6, 1806 camped near here on the banks of a river never before seen by white men. The day was Epiphany, commemorating the visit of the three kings of the East to the Christ Child. This holy day suggested a . . . Map (db m27833) HM
2California, Fresno County, Clovis — 9 — Academy
On Tollhouse Road (State Highway 168) 0.5 miles east of North Madsen Avenue, on the right when traveling east.
One Quarter mile NW of here in a grove of oak tress on the south bank of Dog Creek was established "The Academy" in 1872. It was the first secondary school in Fresno County. J.D. Collins, later Sheriff was the first teacher. Just easterly of The . . . Map (db m28014) HM
3California, Fresno County, Clovis — Academy Methodist Church
On Madsen Avenue, 0.2 miles north of State Route 168, on the left when traveling north.
First services were held here under an arbor in 1865. Building erected in 1868. Land donated for church building by Sarah M. Simpson. Sign erected in memory of those who have given their time to establish, preserve and maintain this place of . . . Map (db m124278) HM
4California, Fresno County, Clovis — Clovis Veterans MemorialOn Behalf of a Grateful Nation
On Hughes Avenue, 0.1 miles north of 5th Street.
A memorial to the men and women of the United States armed forces who have given their lives in service to their Country and the Clovis Community. Dedicated November 11, 2003 Clovis Memorial District Tom Wright, Chairman • Joan . . . Map (db m47246) WM
5California, Fresno County, Clovis — September 11th California Memorial
On West Pelco Way at West Pontiac Way on West Pelco Way.
In Memory of the victims of September 11, 2001 and in honor of our fallen heroes America's bravest - New York City Firefighters Port Authority of NY and NY Police Officers America's Finest - New York City Police Officers The Passengers . . . Map (db m114526) WM
6California, Fresno County, Clovis — Tarpey Depot
On South Clovis Avenue at 4th Street, on the right when traveling north on South Clovis Avenue.
Built in 1892 as one of the three depots along the line of the San Joaquin Valley Railroad, this structure was originally located on the Tarpey Ranch just southeast of what is now the intersection of Ashlan and Clovis Avenues. In the span of its . . . Map (db m101992) HM
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7California, Fresno County, Clovis — 14 — The San Joaquin Valley Railroad
Near South Clovis Avenue (State Highway 168) near Villa Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Reported missing.
In 1891, Marcus Pollasky formed a company to construct a railroad from the junction of the Southern Pacific Co. tracks in Fresno to the Sierra with the idea that eventually the railroad would cross the mountains and open the San Joaquin Valley to . . . Map (db m28017) HM
8California, Fresno County, Coalinga — “Dr. Bill”Born August 4, 1904 – Passed September 27, 1963
On Coalinga Plaza (North 5th Street) north of East Cedar Avenue, on the right when traveling north.
Dr William H. Gilliatt was born in Sommerville, Massachusetts He graduated from Aurora College, Illinois and Boston University Medical School. Dr. Gilliatt or “Dr. Bill” as he was generally called, came to Coalinga as a young doctor in . . . Map (db m64060) HM
9California, Fresno County, Coalinga — “Wooden Walking Beam”
On Elm Avenue (California Route 33/198) at Pearl Street, on the right when traveling north on Elm Avenue.
This pumping unit, known as a wooden walking beam, was one of the oldest and last remaining in actual use within the Coalinga oil fields. Put into service in July of 1918, it was in continuous use until November 1979. Initial production was 170 . . . Map (db m64108) HM
10California, Fresno County, Coalinga — 1911 Boiler
Near East Polk Street, on the left when traveling west.
This boiler used to sit in the Claremont Oil Lease, known as Section 24-D. The boiler was used to create steam to inject into the ground to make the pumping of crude oil easier. In the early 1960s the boiler was moved onto the Polvadero Lease to be . . . Map (db m64104) HM
11California, Fresno County, Coalinga — 5th Street, Coalinga 1912
On Coalinga Plaza (North 5th Street) north of East Elm Avenue (County Road 198), on the left when traveling north.
This is a 1912 view of Coalinga’s 5th Street. From this spot looking northwest, can be seen some of Coalinga’s newest buildings of the time. To the immediate left can be seen a side portion of the Amy Building, next the Rockwell building, Pleasant . . . Map (db m63915) HM
12California, Fresno County, Coalinga — A.P. May Inc.1903 – 1973
On West Forest Avenue at North 5th Street, on the right when traveling west on West Forest Avenue.
A.P. May migrated from England in 1884, homesteaded at the mouth of Los Gatos Creek, in 1888 was one of the first to open a store in Coalinga. The store is now Coalinga Hardware. He started the store on a very small scale in the early part of . . . Map (db m64082) HM
13California, Fresno County, Coalinga — Amy BuildingBuilt 1907 – Destroyed 1983
On Coalinga Plaza (North 5th Street) at West Elm Street, on the left when traveling north on Coalinga Plaza (North 5th Street).
A.P. May, Coalinga area pioneer and indomitable personality in the building of the town. In 1903, Mr. May constructed five galvanized iron buildings at this site. A project, in which his associates tried to discourage him because they believed that . . . Map (db m63913) HM
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14California, Fresno County, Coalinga — 344 — Arroyo de Cantua14 Miles
On Dorris Avenue (State Highway 198) 0.1 miles east of State Highway 33, on the left when traveling east.
Headquarters of notorious bandit, Joaquin Murieta. Killed here July 25, 1853, by posse of State Rangers, led by Captain Harry Love. Terrorized mining camps and stage operations during his career.Map (db m148471) HM
15California, Fresno County, Coalinga — 344 — Arroyo de Cantua14 Miles
On California Route 33, 0.1 miles south of Dorris Road (California Route 198), on the left when traveling south.
Headquarters of notorious bandit Joaquin Murieta. Killed here July 25, 1853 by posse of state rangers led by Captain Harry Love. Terrorized mining camps and stage operations during his career.Map (db m151585) HM
16California, Fresno County, Coalinga — B.M. Food Market1919-1983 Baptiste Motte
On Coalinga Plaza (North 5th Street) near West Cedar Avenue, on the left when traveling north.
At the age of 16, in the year of 1897, Baptiste migrated from Les Barraques, France, to homestead in the Jacalitos canyon, with a desire to be a cattleman. For living expenses, Baptiste worked fourteen years as an A.P. May store clerk-manager. The . . . Map (db m63971) HM
17California, Fresno County, Coalinga — Bob’s 76 Service296 E. Elm Street – 1939-1960 — “Bob’s 76 Service, Robert Schatt, owner” —
On East Elm Street at North 3rd Street, on the left when traveling west on East Elm Street.
Mr. Robert “Bob” Schatt purchased a lot at this location in 1938. The lot was bought from a Mr. Tom Glenchur for the purpose of building a “Union Oil” service station. Bob opened the station in 1939. During World War II, Bob . . . Map (db m64161) HM
18California, Fresno County, Coalinga — Bordagaray’sOne of the “Oldest Bars in the West”
On North 5th Street south of East Elm Avenue.
Dominique Bordagaray was born in St. Jean Pied de Port, Basses Pyrenees, France. Immigrated to the United States in 1893. Moved to Fresno Co. in 1895 and worked as a sheepherder until 1908. He established a sheep shearing camp at “Turk”, . . . Map (db m64062) HM
19California, Fresno County, Coalinga — Cheney Bros. Building1906 – 1983 — Founders: Frank, Tom Walter and Jonathan Guy Cheney —
On West Elm Street at North 6th Street, on the left when traveling west on West Elm Street.
In 1906, Coalinga was a boom town and there was a great need for blacksmithing and transporting. So the Cheney family decided to move to Coalinga from Cheney’s Grove, Illinois by way of Petaluma and Maricopa, Calif. The Cheney Bros. started with . . . Map (db m63889) HM
20California, Fresno County, Coalinga — Coaling Station A
On West Elm Street just east of 7th Street, on the right when traveling west.
Station A was one of three mines (A. B. & C.) in the Coalinga Hills where coal was mined. The coal was transfered (sic) from mule driven ore wagons. Then by coal cars pulled by old Betsy to the transfer dock at Alcalde in Warthan Canyon, from there . . . Map (db m63891) HM
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21California, Fresno County, Coalinga — Coaling Station A
On West Elm Street just east of 7th Street, on the left when traveling west.
This is the approximate site of Coaling Station A established by the S.P.R.R. in the late 1880’s from which the City of Coalinga derived its name.Map (db m63892) HM
22California, Fresno County, Coalinga — Coalinga Carnegie LibraryBuilt 1914 – Dismantled 1955
On Easr Durian Avenue near 4th Street, on the left when traveling east.
In took one word to describe the Coalinga Carnegie Library – “Beautiful” Carnegie, Andrew, 1839-1919 American industrialist and philanthropist, born in Scotland. Walter Ochs was the successful bidder at $15,797.00. The . . . Map (db m64059) HM
23California, Fresno County, Coalinga — Coalinga Opera HouseOpened Nov. 22, 1907 – Burned July 29, 1910
On East Elm Street (Route 33/198) west of North 4th Street, on the left when traveling west.
During its short life, the Coalinga Opera House presented the top entertainers of the time. Coalinga was a boomtown with considerable wealth and the town’s people could afford the very best. Located directly across the street was the Grand Central . . . Map (db m64163) HM
24California, Fresno County, Coalinga — Coalinga School1908 – 1983
On East Polk Street at South 5th Street, on the right when traveling west on East Polk Street.
Coalinga School built in 1908 was five times larger than Coalinga’s first school. Over the years it became affectionately known as the Polk Street school. Not long after the school was first built, a fire burned the original bell tower. The . . . Map (db m64106) HM
25California, Fresno County, Coalinga — Coalinga Union High SchoolErected 1910 – Dismantled 1933
On Sunset Avenue at Van Ness Street, on the right when traveling north on Sunset Avenue.
The Union High School was erected by W.J. Ochs according to the plans of J.W. Dolliver, the San Francisco architect in charge of the work. Mr. Ochs’ winning bid for the school contact was $19,650.00. Official Opening of the Union High School was . . . Map (db m64021) HM
26California, Fresno County, Coalinga — Coalinga Veterans Memorial
On Sunset Avenue near North 6th Street, on the right when traveling south.
To those who Bravely gave Their lives in Our cause For freedom And to those Who can’t forget We can but say We too rememberMap (db m64246) WM
27California, Fresno County, Coalinga — Coalinga Woman’s ClubZenith Hall
On East Cedar Avenue west of Coalinga Plaza ( North 5th Street), on the right when traveling east.
January 1905, Mrs. Anria Kerr invited ten lay friends to meet at her home to form the “Coalinga Ladies Improvement Club.” Their goal was to “promote harmony and improve social and civic needs.” In 1907 they joined the General . . . Map (db m64020) HM
28California, Fresno County, Coalinga — Coalinga’s First Rail Station – 1891
On South 5th Street just south of East Forest Street, on the right when traveling north.
In the 1880’s coal was being mined in the hills of southwestern Fresno Co. In 1888 the Southern Pacific Railroad extended it’s line from Goshen to Alcade, south and west of present day Coalinga. A spur line was built from the mine to the railhead. . . . Map (db m64084) HM
29California, Fresno County, Coalinga — Coalinga’s First School1896
Near East Polk Street near South 5th Street, on the right when traveling west.
Coalinga’s first school opened with forty one students and two teachers. After 1908 and the opening of the Polk Street School, it is believed to have been converted to the local library. This school building still exists today as family housing. . . . Map (db m64105) HM
30California, Fresno County, Coalinga — Coalinga’s Notorious Whiskey Row “1909”
On East Forest Avenue at South 5th Street, on the left when traveling west on East Forest Avenue.
F St., sometimes Front St., now Forest St. Established after the railroad was built in 1888 on one-half city block directly across from the Depot. Parts of the row burned many times over the years, always to be rebuilt. The final demise of the Row’s . . . Map (db m64081) HM
31California, Fresno County, Coalinga — Crescent Meat Co.1905 – 1968
On North 5th Street at West Elm Street, on the left when traveling north on North 5th Street.
Jacob Zwang was born in Sennefeld, Baden Germany and migrated to the United States in 1896 at the age of 16 years. He arrived at 2:00 o’clock in the morning and was met by his uncle Moses Levy, and cousin Albert Levy. This was the start of a . . . Map (db m64061) HM
32California, Fresno County, Coalinga — First National Bank of CoalingaConstructed 1909 - Destroyed by Earthquake and Fire in 1983
On Coalinga Plaza (North 5th Street) north of East Elm Avenue (County Road 198), on the right when traveling north.
The bank was a community business project spear-headed by Mr. A.E. Webb. Prominent folks were identified at the time by Mr. F.J. McCollum were the Peelers, the Boyles, Hivieys, Pikes (founders of Republic Supply), Turners, Heavys, Zwangs, Robinsons, . . . Map (db m63916) HM
33California, Fresno County, Coalinga — First Presbyterian Church of CoalingaBuilt 1908 – Dismantled 1981
On Sunset Avenue just south of West Madison Street, on the right when traveling south.
Article taken from Hanford Journal April 2, 1908 “Celebration at Coalinga opera house, orator drops dead. 2nd anniversary of city incorporation. Rev. Z.L. Nesbutt made an excellent address when he sat down and fell over into the lap of . . . Map (db m64018) HM
34California, Fresno County, Coalinga — Fredrick Tibbits and Louis O’Neill1896
On East Forest Avenue at North 5th Street, on the right when traveling west on East Forest Avenue.
In the 1880s coal was being mined in the hills of southwest Fresno County. In 1888, the Southern Pacific Railroad extended its line from Goshen to Alcade, south and west of present-day Coalinga. The San Joaquin Valley Coal Mining Company developed a . . . Map (db m64080) HM
35California, Fresno County, Coalinga — Grammar SchoolBuilt in 1910 – Dismantled in 1945 — Affectionately known as “Sunset School” —
On Sunset Avenue just south of West Adams Street, on the left when traveling north.
Sunset School was a beautiful two and one half story building made of brick and stone 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 . . . Map (db m64057) HM
36California, Fresno County, Coalinga — Harry S. Watanabe(1896 – 1987)
On Elm Avenue (California Route 33.198) at Phelps Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Elm Avenue.
Harry Watanabe was 19 years old when he came to Coalinga from Japan in 1915. Watanabe first worked at Ayers Drug Store and the Sullivan Hotel. It was in 1928 that Watanabe found his niche in life and the vocation that left his mark on Coalinga. . . . Map (db m64107) HM
37California, Fresno County, Coalinga — Liberty “Airdome Theater”Built in 1904 – Terminated with the advent of “talkies” and evaporating coolers.
On Coalinga Plaza (North 5th Street) at East Cedar Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Coalinga Plaza (North 5th Street).
Built by Dominique Bordagaray, who emigrated from St. Jean Pied de Port, Basses Pyrenees France. Soon after Coalinga began building he bought six lots on “C” St. and fifth, where he built a row of store buildings. In one of these he ran . . . Map (db m63969) HM
38California, Fresno County, Coalinga — Motte FountainIn appreciation from Vince and Lois Motte
On Van Ness Street at Sunset Avenue, on the left when traveling west on Van Ness Street.
Vince Motte was born at home in Coalinga on the 6th of August, 1913. He is the youngest son of Westside pioneers Baptiste and Josephine Motte. Baptiste homesteaded, what is now Motte Canyon in the Jacalitos Hills south of Coalinga. Later he . . . Map (db m64022) HM
39California, Fresno County, Coalinga — Pleasant Valley HotelBuilt 1918 – Burned 1935
On West Durian Avenue at Coalinga Plaza ( North 5th Street), on the right when traveling west on West Durian Avenue.
The Pleasant Valley Hotel was erected by a number of local men to fill an urgent need of the city. The other hotels and boarding houses were filled to overflowing every night, and many a visitor had to spend the night on the streets. It was later . . . Map (db m63973) HM
40California, Fresno County, Coalinga — Premier Creamery
On Elm Ave (California Route 33) at N 6th St, on the right when traveling south on Elm Ave.
Fountain & Bottling Company 1917 "A Bottle of Milk is a Bottle of Health" Original Site at 358 N. 5th St. the 6th & Elm St. Site established in 1938. The Premier Creamery served Coalinga for over 60 years. The business sold milk, butter, . . . Map (db m113003) HM
41California, Fresno County, Coalinga — Richfield Service Station
On West Elm Street at 6th Street, on the left when traveling west on West Elm Street.
R.C. Baker Memorial Museum Richfield Service Station Built in Coalinga On the corner of Fifth and Glenn St. 1934 Restored in 2003 Moved to this location 2004 Restored by Wayne James and The R.C. Baker Museum . . . Map (db m63890) HM
42California, Fresno County, Coalinga — Row of Store Buildings Destroyed By Earthquake in 19831904
On Coalinga Plaza (North 5th Street) near East Durian Avenue, on the right when traveling north.
In 1909 Dominique Bordagaray purchased six lots on 5th and “C’ Streets and built row stores on them as Coalinga began to grow. The row stores included a French laundry, cigar shop, and liquor store, bicycle shop and confectionery shop. The . . . Map (db m63917) HM
43California, Fresno County, Coalinga — St. Paul’s Catholic ChurchOriginal Church built 1907 – Moved to Huron 1949
On Sunset Avenue at West Jefferson Street, on the left when traveling north on Sunset Avenue.
Coalinga was a mission attached to the St. Brigid’s Parish in Hanford up to 1907, when Rev. E. Girarde was appointed the first pastor of Coalinga’s new St. Paul’s Catholic Church. St. Paul’s was served by sixteen pastors from 1907 to 1945. In 1945 . . . Map (db m64058) HM
44California, Fresno County, Coalinga — Sullivan HotelBuilt in 1904
On Wesr Forest Avenue just south of North 5th Street, on the right when traveling west.
Oscar Sullivan built the Hotel and featured the Sullivan Grill and Restaurant. By 1905 the Sullivan had the reputation as one of the finest establishments on the Westside. Many wedding receptions and other special occasions were held at the . . . Map (db m64083) HM
45California, Fresno County, Coalinga — The Bertrich BlockConstructed 1906 – Destroyed 1983
On Coalinga Plaza (North 5th Street) near West Durian Avenue, on the left when traveling north.
A story in the “Coalinga Oil Record: described it as, “A two story modern brick building, of which the second story is under construction, and when completed will be one of the most modern equipped apartment houses in the valley.” . . . Map (db m63972) HM
46California, Fresno County, Coalinga — The Earthquake of 1983
On Coalinga Plaza (North 5th Street) at West Elm Street on Coalinga Plaza (North 5th Street).
On May 2nd, 1983 at 4:42 P.M. a major earthquake of 6.7 magnitude lasting 45 seconds destroyed 54 buildings in downtown Coalinga. Only 31 people were injured and miraculously there were no deaths. The earthquake also destroyed over 300 homes and . . . Map (db m63914) HM
47California, Fresno County, Coalinga — The Phelps BuildingErected 1910 – Dismantled 1967 (Built by W.J. Ochs)
On Coalinga Plaza (North 5th Street) at East Cedar Avenue on Coalinga Plaza (North 5th Street).
October 8, 1910, Coalinga Daily Oil Record: “Phelps Building Asset to Coalinga Excellent View of Coalinga’s Wonderful Field Can Be Obtained From Roof of Sky Scraper” "One of the recent additions to the city of Coalinga . . . Map (db m63970) HM
48California, Fresno County, Coalinga — The Rockwell BuildingBuilt in 1904 – Destroyed by earthquake in 1983
On Coalinga Plaza (North 5th Street) near West Durian Avenue, on the left when traveling north.
Jim Rockwell started construction on his hotel during the oil boom of the 1900’s. The boom was unsurpassed in fast money, hard work, and rough play. People were sleeping in the streets with their pockets full of money and no place to stay. The . . . Map (db m63974) HM
49California, Fresno County, Coalinga — Webb BuildingOpened February 1906 – Destroyed by Earthquake May 1983
On Coalinga Plaza (North 5th Street) at West Elm Street, on the right when traveling north on Coalinga Plaza (North 5th Street).
It was built by A.E. Webb, an Englishman, who came to join English friends A.P. May and Elgar Adams in homesteading on the Los Gatos. The building was two stories tall with a full basement. It was built as a monument to Coalinga’s future. The Webb . . . Map (db m63893) HM
50California, Fresno County, Dunlap — Converse Basin Grove
On State Highway 180 at Forest Service Road 13S03, on the left when traveling north on State Highway 180.
One of the largest stands of Giant Sequoias, it contained some of the finest Big Trees. The grove was logged as a private land between 1897 and 1907, first by the Sanger Lumber Company and later by Hume-Bennett Lumber Company, which in 1909 . . . Map (db m52239) HM
51California, Fresno County, Dunlap — 33 — Dunlap CemeteryBaker's Mountain
Near Sans Baker Road, 0.2 miles north of Sand Creek Road, on the right when traveling north.
Arriving in Fresno County in 1870, Sands Baker purchased a quarter section of land at the base of what became Baker's Mountain. Baker continually added to this tract until he had about 2000 acres. Baker was prominent in the mountain community. . . . Map (db m147608) HM
52California, Fresno County, Easton — 35 — Easton / Washington Union High School District
On South Elm Avenue at West Lincoln Avenue, on the right when traveling south on South Elm Avenue.
[Side A:] Easton In 1878, O.W. Easton and J.P. Whitney, San Francisco entrepreneurs, bought a total of 12 sections of land in this area (7680 acres), formed the Washington Irrigated Colony and began selling 20-acre farms. Allen T. . . . Map (db m28011) HM
53California, Fresno County, Firebaugh — 10 — Andrew Davidson FirebaughFirebaugh's Ferry
On Q Street at 15th Street, on the left when traveling south on Q Street.
Andrew Davidson Firebaugh was born in Virginia in 1823. He served with the Texas Mounted Riflemen in the Mexican War. Coming to Californian in 1849, he fought in the Mariposa Indian War under Major James D. Savage on the expedition that discovered . . . Map (db m28015) HM
54California, Fresno County, Fowler — Fowler's Switch
On East Merced Street at South 7th Street, on the right when traveling north on East Merced Street.
In 1872, the old Central Pacific Railroad, forerunner of the Southern Pacific, constructed a north-south line through the San Joaquin Valley, which opened the valley to commerce and settlement. The railroad contructed a switch a short distance . . . Map (db m26132) HM
55California, Fresno County, Fresno — "100th Anniversary of the Arrival of the Railroad to the San Joaquin Valley"1872 - 1972 — Z.S. Leymel Park Mayor - City of Fresno 1929-37 1941-47
On Divisadero Street at Broadway Street, on the right when traveling east on Divisadero Street. Reported missing.
Fresno means ash tree in Spanish. For many years, this section of California was known as the "Fresno Country” because of the ash trees that grew along its waterways. One of its rivers was named Fresno. Fresno City was established on the west side . . . Map (db m197217) HM
56California, Fresno County, Fresno — Billy Vukovich Memorial
On M Street, 0.2 miles west of Ventura Avenue, on the left when traveling west.
This Monument is dedicated May 30, 1956, by the citizens of Fresno to the memory of Fresno's own Billy Vukovich, who met his death while leading the Indianapolis 500 Mile race May 30, 1955. Billy Vukovich, who lived all his life in Fresno, won . . . Map (db m47249) HM
57California, Fresno County, Fresno — China Alley街人唐
On Kern Street at China Alley, on the right when traveling south on Kern Street.
In 1874 600 people moved to what is now Fresno. Of those, 200 were Chinese, who made the brick and helped start the building of Fresno. A short time later, they were persuaded to settle west of the train tracks. They built an area of shops, which . . . Map (db m52981) HM
58California, Fresno County, Fresno — Christmas Tree Lane
On North Van Ness Boulevard, 0.2 miles east of Palm Avenue, on the right when traveling west.
In June of 1919, William "Billy" Winning, age 14 died in a tragic accident at his family home on Van Ness Boulevard. In December of 1920, Billy's mother, Mae, decorated the deodur cedar in front of the home as a memorial to Billy, who had loved . . . Map (db m102120) HM
59California, Fresno County, Fresno — David of SassoonEpic Folk Hero of the Armenians — ՍԱՍՈԻՆՑԻ ԴԱվիԹ —
On Tulare Street at M Street, on the right when traveling west on Tulare Street.
[Upper Marker:] Donated to the County of Fresno by the People of Armenian Descent of the San Joaquin Valley August 11, 1970 Varaz Samuelian, Sculptor [Lower Marker:] David of Sassoon is the legendary folk-hero . . . Map (db m41005) HM
60California, Fresno County, Fresno — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.1929 - 1968
"I have a dream..." Nobel Peace Prize 1964 Dedicated January 18, 1988Map (db m41011) HM
61California, Fresno County, Fresno — 916 — Forestiere Underground Gardens
On Shaw Avenue near Forestiere Avenue, on the right when traveling east.
Here, beneath the hot, arid surface of the San Joaquin Valley, Baldasare Forestiere (1879-1946) began in the early 1900's to sculpt a fantastic retreat. Excavating the hardpan by hand, he created a unique complex of underground rooms, passages and . . . Map (db m41003) HM
62California, Fresno County, Fresno — 3 — Fort Washington
Near North Millbrook Avenue/Fort Washington Road.
Approximately 2 miles north of this point, Fort Washintgon was built in the spring of 1850 by Wiley B Cassity (Cassady or Cassidy), Charls D. Gibbes, Major Lane and others. This fort, probably the first building erected in Fresno County, served as . . . Map (db m28013) HM
63California, Fresno County, Fresno — Frank Chance Field 1935-1941
On Ventura Avenue, 0.1 miles east of Cedar Avenue, on the right when traveling west.
Located at this corner was a 20-acre baseball field named for the legendary Frank Chance. Constructed in 1935, the park served as the spring training grounds for the San Francisco Seals as well as for games played by Fresno's Twilight League. Frank . . . Map (db m47337) HM
64California, Fresno County, Fresno — French Merci Train Boxcar
Near North First Street.
This is one of the French boxcars of the French Merci Train sent to the United States. in 1949 as a thank you token to the American people for the Freedom Ship of food and clothing sent to France in 1948. The car was filled with many articles of . . . Map (db m197216) HM WM
65California, Fresno County, Fresno — French Merci Train Boxcar CoverDedicated July 9, 2021
This French Merci Train Boxcar cover is dedicated to all veterans, past, present, and future, as a symbol of tribute to those who have, are now, and will in the future, borne the battle of war and conflict in the preservation of our nation. May the . . . Map (db m198102) WM
66California, Fresno County, Fresno — Fresno
"Fresno" is the Spanish word for "Ash Tree." The first settlement to which the name was applied was "Fresno City," a station on the old Butterfield Stage Route located on Fresno Slough about one and one-half miles northwesterly from the present . . . Map (db m41007) HM
67California, Fresno County, Fresno — 934 — Fresno Assembly Center
Near South Chance Avenue, 0.2 miles Kings Canyon Road, on the left when traveling south.
This memorial is dedicated to over 5,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry who were confined at the Fresno Fairgrounds from May to October 1942. This was an early phase of the mass incarceration of over 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II . . . Map (db m165490) HM
68California, Fresno County, Fresno — Fresno Corridor of Flags Veterans Memorial
On Fresno Street at O Street, on the right when traveling east on Fresno Street.
Dedicated To Honor All Veterans of Fresno ——————— This plaque dedicated to all who served in the military and especially those who gave their lives in service to God and Country for the . . . Map (db m41098) WM
69California, Fresno County, Fresno — 18 — Fresno County Courthouse
On Van Ness Avenue, 0.2 miles Tulare Street, on the right when traveling west.
A temporary rough board building, containing county offices, was erected near the spot in the fall of 1874, about the time the cornerstone was laid for the original permanent courthouse. Fresno was selected by the voters in a previous spring . . . Map (db m27940) HM
70California, Fresno County, Fresno — Fresno Memorial Auditorium
On Fresno Street at O Street, on the right when traveling east on Fresno Street.
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m41075) HM
71California, Fresno County, Fresno — 27 — Fresno Traction Company1903 - 1939
On Huntington Boulevard near First Street, on the left when traveling east.
During the year 1903, streetcars began to rattle along the city streets from the San Joaquin River through the fig garden area to downtown Fresno and east along Huntington Boulevard to Sunnyside. Providing a reliable, entertaining, even . . . Map (db m27830) HM
72California, Fresno County, Fresno — George M. Bowman1891 - 1984
On Fresno Street at O Street, on the right when traveling east on Fresno Street.
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 . . . Map (db m41071) HM
73California, Fresno County, Fresno — 6 — Green Bush Spring
Near Mariposa Street just south of Fulton Street. Reported missing.
On this spot in the early days was a flowing spring beside which stood a large green bush. Wild horses, deer, elk and antelope watered here and it served as a watering place for sheep and cattle. The presence of this water caused the railroad in . . . Map (db m101867) HM
74California, Fresno County, Fresno — Honoring the Ex-Braceros and Their ContributionsHonoramos los Ex-Braceros y Sus Contribuciones — 1942 - 1964 —
On Tulare Street near Van Ness Avenue, on the right when traveling west.
During and after World War II, nearly 5,000,000 contracted braceros came to work in agriculture and on the railroads, the majority in California and the San Joaquin Valley, under U.S. and Mexican Treaty, demonstrating their patriotism . . . Map (db m41067) HM
75California, Fresno County, Fresno — 28 — John Charles Fremont
Near West Kearney Boulevard, 0.2 miles west of Fair.
Fremont passed within sight of this spot on April 7, 1844. He is coming from the San Joaquin River to the Kings River with his mountain men guides, Thomas "Broken Hand" Fitzpatrick, Kit Carson and Alex Godey. Fremont described a vast prairie with . . . Map (db m78355) HM
76California, Fresno County, Fresno — Kogetsu-Do
On F Street, 0.1 miles west of Kern Street, on the right when traveling west.
Kogetsu-Do A Fresno landmark. Confectioner Kogetsu - Do has survived in the same location it has occupied for 99 Years. Sugimatsu Ikeda and his wife Sakino started the business in 1915 and were able to purchase this building on "F" Street in . . . Map (db m101863) HM
77California, Fresno County, Fresno — Korea "The Forgotten War"
On N First Street, on the right when traveling south.
On June 25, 1950, the five-year old peace of World War II was shattered when the North Korean People's Army poured across the 38th parallel invading South Korea. They moved quickly down the Korean peninsula, but United States President Harry . . . Map (db m197753) WM
78California, Fresno County, Fresno — Lao Hmong American War MemorialPortrait of a People - Hmong
On Van Ness Avenue, on the right when traveling north.
From 1961 to 1975 the Hmong and other Lao people of the highlands of Laos helped the United States fight against Communism in Laos and Vietnam. On December 31, 1960, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared, "We cannot let Laos fall to the . . . Map (db m41022) HM
79California, Fresno County, Fresno — 20 — Moses J. Church
Near South Maple Avenue south of East Edgar Avenue, on the left when traveling south.
The Father of Fresno Irrigation. He was born in New York State in 1819, became a blacksmith and emigrated to California in 1852. He came to Fresno County in 1868 and employed by A. Y. Easterby, built the first irrigation system for lush fields of . . . Map (db m127909) HM
80California, Fresno County, Fresno — Purple Heart MemorialCombat Wounded Veterans
On Tulare Street near Van Ness Street, on the right when traveling west.
Dedicated to the recipients of this nation's oldest military decoration "The Purple Heart" 1782 The Military Order of the Purple Heart 1932 My stone is red for the blood they shed. The medal I bear is my country’s way to show they . . . Map (db m41059) HM
81California, Fresno County, Fresno — Sierra Sky ParkAmerica's first aviation community
On North Doolittle Drive, 0.1 miles north of West Spaatz Avenue, on the right when traveling south.
Established October 23, 1946 as America's first aviation community. Through the efforts of Wm. and Doris Smilie, 130 acres of rolling "hog-wallow" and hardpan were transformed into a public use airport, with a sod runway, connecting taxi-way and . . . Map (db m78354) HM
82California, Fresno County, Fresno — 2 — Site of Church-Sperry Mill and Mill Ditch
On Fresno Street, 0.1 miles north of O Street, on the right when traveling north.
Built in 1883 by Moses J. Church, Fresno's first flour mill operated with Fancher Creek water run through Mill Ditch and down Fresno Street. The original wooden structure was replaced in 1892 by a brick building and was sold to the Sperry Flour . . . Map (db m69808) HM
83California, Fresno County, Fresno — The Basque Hotel
On Mariposa Street at F Street, on the left when traveling north on Mariposa Street. Reported missing.
[Marker mounted to the left of the entrance door.] This building is the first Basque Hotel built near the Central Pacific Railroad lines that brought many new immigrants to Fresno and the San Joaquin Valley. It was one of several . . . Map (db m101868) HM
84California, Fresno County, Fresno — The Fresno Brewing Company
On East Heaton Avenue at Los Angeles Street, on the left when traveling east on East Heaton Avenue.
Ernst Eilert, a European trained Brewmaster and his son William established the Fresno Brewing Company on this site in 1899. They built a six story brewery, a laboratory, a racking room, stable and other structures. Five kinds of beer were brewed . . . Map (db m26298) HM
85California, Fresno County, Fresno — The Fresno Water TowerAn American Water Landmark
On Fresno Street near O Street, on the right when traveling east.
Designed by architect George S. Mayer of Chicago, Illinois. It was completed in November 1894, replacing two wooden tanks erected on this site in 1887. The Tower stands 100 feet high with a tank capacity of 250,000 gallons. This facility, modeled . . . Map (db m41069) HM
86California, Fresno County, Fresno — Via LiberationVoie de la Liberte 1944
On Fresno Street near L Street, on the right when traveling east.
La Ville d'Etamps a l'Amerique This monument from General Patton's Route of Liberation is a gift of the people [of] Cannes, France to the people of California, sent via La Train de la Reconnaisance Francaise (Merci Train) and dedicated . . . Map (db m131236) HM
87California, Fresno County, Fresno — William SaroyanAugust 31, 1908 - May 18, 1981
On Van Ness Avenue at Tulare Street, on the right when traveling west on Van Ness Avenue.
Born in Fresno, California at 621 Broadway Son of Armenian immigrants Writer - Playwright First American playwright to win both the Pulitzer Prize and Drama Critics' Circle Award in the same year: "The Time of Your . . . Map (db m41060) HM
88California, Fresno County, Fresno — 3 — William Saroyan House MuseumWilliam Saroyan 1908-1981 — Pulitzer Prize Winning Writer —
On Griffith Way east of Marks Avenue, on the right when traveling east.
This was the Fresno home of William Saroyan for the last 17 years of his life. In that time he wrote: 1964 — One Day in the Afternoon of the World 1966 — Short Drive, Sweet Chariot 1968 — I Used to Believe I had Forever, . . . Map (db m125022) HM
89California, Fresno County, Fresno — Young Corbett IIIRalph Giordano — Welterweight Champion of the World —
On M Street, 0.2 miles west of Ventura Avenue.
Born Ralph Capabianca Giordano on May 27, 1905, in Rionero In Vulture, Italy. Young Corbett III embarked on his successful boxing career in Fresno, California in 1919, winning the Welterweight Championship of the world on February 22, 1933.Map (db m47250) HM
90California, Fresno County, Friant — Erected to the Memory of the Pioneers of the Millerton Area Whose Remains Rest HereWinchell Cove Cemetery
Near Winchell Cove Road.
The site of Fort Miller (1851-1866) lies about one mile north and that of the pioneer town of Millerton (1851-1874) about one and one-half miles northwest on the then Visalia - Stockton Road. Both sites are now covered by the waters of Millerton . . . Map (db m47248) HM
91California, Fresno County, Friant — Hildreth Stage Robbery
On Hildreth Road, on the right when traveling south.
In the 1860s a bandit held up the Hildreth to O'Neals stage and stole $10,000 in gold bullion. He hid the loot in a tree stump and started a fire to hide his tracks. Later two locals discovered some of the gold and tried to sell it in Millerton. . . . Map (db m148147) HM
92California, Fresno County, Friant — 13 — Millerton
On Millerton Road.
Due north of here, now covered by the waters of the lake, was the site of Millerton, first County Seat of Fresno County 1856-1874Map (db m52442) HM
93California, Fresno County, Hume — Buck Rock LookoutA Continuing Legacy of Meeting the Nation's Needs
On FS 14S11, 5 miles north of Generals Highway, on the left when traveling north.
The Birth of Lookouts From the days of the old west, through the trials of World War II, to our current high-tech world, the story of the fire lookout is laced with history, heroics and romance. The history of fire lookouts in . . . Map (db m213281) HM
94California, Fresno County, Hume Lake — Technology in Timber County…a Better Way to Build a Dam
Near Sandy Cove Road (Forest Road 13S06).
Having water around a sawmill is a good thing. It’s easier to move logs and lumber, and put out fires. The Hume-Bennett Lumber Company found this site near good timber and decided a reservoir would make there operation more efficient. The problem . . . Map (db m44303) HM
95California, Fresno County, Humphreys Station — Humphrey Station
On Tollhouse Road at Pittman Hill Road, on the right when traveling east on Tollhouse Road.
This site was originally called Mechanicsville, gradually changing to Humphrey Station after Miles Humphreys' store. Miles Humphreys came to California to join his brother John after the Civil War and saw an opportunity by opening his store at this . . . Map (db m28272) HM
96California, Fresno County, Kerman — 42 — Kerman
On South Madera Avenue (State Highway 145) at West California Avenue, in the median on South Madera Avenue.
Originally, in the late 1800's Kerman was called "Collis" in honor of the Southern Pacific Railroad President at the time, Collis P. Huntington. The Southern Pacific Railroad line was built through Kerman in 1891. The name was changed to Kerman in . . . Map (db m28840) HM
97California, Fresno County, Kerman — 488 — Site of Fresno City
On Whitesbridge Avenue (California Route 180) 0.3 miles west of James Road, on the left when traveling west.
Five miles southwesterly from this point, on both sides of Fresno Slough, is the site of Fresno City. Fresno City gradually arose at the head of navigation of Fresno Slough and existed from approximately 1855 to 1875. The town served as a . . . Map (db m175903) HM
98California, Fresno County, Kerman — 5 — Sycamore PointSkaggs Bridge Park
Near Madera Avenue (State Highway 145) 0.4 miles north of West Barstow Avenue. Reported missing.
Steamboats carrying supplies for Millerton reached the head of navigation at Sycamore Point on the south bank of the San Joaquin River about one mile upstream from here. In the spring of 1852 and for many years thereafter paddle wheel steamers made . . . Map (db m47418) HM
99California, Fresno County, Kingsburg — Fred French
Near Draper Street, on the right when traveling north.
On the night of November 2, 1916, Fred French, while performing his duties of deputy night watchman for the community of Kingsburg, encountered Lew Cowan behaving in a drunken and disorderly manner in the pool hall. Cowan and French engaged in a . . . Map (db m95379) HM
100California, Fresno County, Kingsburg — George Boyle
Near Draper Street, on the right when traveling north.
Constable George Boyle died of gunshot wounds on November 18, 1924, after being shot four times in a gun battle with three fugitives. According to the Kingsburg Recorder, Boyle was shot four days earlier while attempting to apprehend three convicts . . . Map (db m95380) HM

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