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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Fresno, 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;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Fresno County, CA (115) Inyo County, CA (114) Kings County, CA (7) Madera County, CA (39) Merced County, CA (26) Mono County, CA (76) Monterey County, CA (236) San Benito County, CA (49) Tulare County, CA (81)  FresnoCounty(115) Fresno County (115)  InyoCounty(114) Inyo County (114)  KingsCounty(7) Kings County (7)  MaderaCounty(39) Madera County (39)  MercedCounty(26) Merced County (26)  MonoCounty(76) Mono County (76)  MontereyCounty(236) Monterey County (236)  SanBenitoCounty(49) San Benito County (49)  TulareCounty(81) Tulare County (81)
Fresno is the county seat for Fresno County
Fresno is in Fresno County
      Fresno County (115)  
      Inyo County (114)  
      Kings County (7)  
      Madera County (39)  
      Merced County (26)  
      Mono County (76)  
      Monterey County (236)  
      San Benito County (49)  
      Tulare County (81)  
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1California (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 — 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
2California (Fresno County), Fresno — Billy Vukovich Memorial
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
3California (Fresno County), Fresno — China Alley — 街人唐
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
4California (Fresno County), Fresno — Christmas Tree Lane
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
5California (Fresno County), Fresno — David of Sassoon — Epic Folk Hero of the Armenians — ՍԱՍՈԻՆՑԻ ԴԱվիԹ —
[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
6California (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
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7California (Fresno County), Fresno — 916 — Forestiere Underground Gardens
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
8California (Fresno County), Fresno — 3 — Fort Washington
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
9California (Fresno County), Fresno — Frank Chance Field 1935-1941
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
10California (Fresno County), Fresno — French Merci Train Boxcar
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
11California (Fresno County), Fresno — French Merci Train Boxcar Cover — Dedicated 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
12California (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
13California (Fresno County), Fresno — 934 — Fresno Assembly Center
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
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14California (Fresno County), Fresno — Fresno Corridor of Flags Veterans Memorial
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
15California (Fresno County), Fresno — 18 — Fresno County Courthouse
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
16California (Fresno County), Fresno — Fresno Memorial Auditorium
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m41075) HM
17California (Fresno County), Fresno — 27 — Fresno Traction Company — 1903 - 1939
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
18California (Fresno County), Fresno — George M. Bowman — 1891 - 1984
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
19California (Fresno County), Fresno — 6 — Green Bush Spring — 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
20California (Fresno County), Fresno — Honoring the Ex-Braceros and Their Contributions — Honoramos los Ex-Braceros y Sus Contribuciones — 1942 - 1964 —
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
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21California (Fresno County), Fresno — 28 — John Charles Fremont
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
22California (Fresno County), Fresno — Kogetsu-Do
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
23California (Fresno County), Fresno — Korea "The Forgotten War"
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
24California (Fresno County), Fresno — Lao Hmong American War Memorial — Portrait of a People - Hmong
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
25California (Fresno County), Fresno — 20 — Moses J. Church
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
26California (Fresno County), Fresno — Purple Heart Memorial — Combat Wounded Veterans
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
27California (Fresno County), Fresno — Sierra Sky Park — America's first aviation community
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
28California (Fresno County), Fresno — 2 — Site of Church-Sperry Mill and Mill Ditch
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
29California (Fresno County), Fresno — The Basque Hotel — 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
30California (Fresno County), Fresno — The Fresno Brewing Company
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
31California (Fresno County), Fresno — The Fresno Water Tower — An American Water Landmark
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
32California (Fresno County), Fresno — Via Liberation — Voie de la Liberte 1944
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
33California (Fresno County), Fresno — William Saroyan — August 31, 1908 - May 18, 1981
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
34California (Fresno County), Fresno — 3 — William Saroyan House Museum — William Saroyan 1908-1981 — Pulitzer Prize Winning Writer —
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
35California (Fresno County), Fresno — Young Corbett III — Ralph Giordano — Welterweight Champion of the World —
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
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Dec. 10, 2022