fresno county genweb site

 

 

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Fresno County GenWeb Project

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 Hello, welcome to the site for Fresno County. This site is filled with the basic info and history of Fresno County.  If you need any obit look ups or any other research done for Fresno County send me a email. I am more then willing to help you with any type of research in Fresno County. I have full access to the files in the downtown libaray. If you click the button below it will automatically link you to may email if it doesn't take you to my email then just email me at travelingtocal@aol.com. When you email me your request please give me your snail mail address. I am very old fashion with the info I find I prefer to mail to people. I will not charge you for postage and copies.

I am unable to do requests the next couple of months. (Sept- Late November) If you do want to make a request please do understand that it will take me awhile to get back to you. My reason is this semester is a little extra busy.

  Thanks for your understanding.

* If your looking for any type of vital records such as birth, death, divorce, and marriage. I am willing to get them for you but I will charge you for the cost of getting them. Vital records here cost $21 dollars. If you would like a vital record just send me a email.

-Michelle

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The area now known as Fresno County, once a semi-arid steppe, was discovered by Spaniards during a search for suitable mission sites. In 1846, this area became the property of the United States as a result of the Mexican-American War.

Fresno County was formed in 1856 from parts of Mariposa, Merced, and Tulare counties. The county is named after Fresno Creek. Fresno in Spanish signifies "ash tree" and it was due to the abundance of mountain ash or ash trees in the county that it received its name. Parts of Fresno County's territory were given to Mono County in 1861 and to Madera County in 1893. The original county seat was originally placed in Millerton, but the town had to be abandoned after a devastating flood swamped the county court house in 1867. The county seat was then moved to higher ground at Fresno and the little town of Millerton never fully recovered.

The settling of Fresno County was not without its conflicts, land disputes, and other natural disasters. Floods caused immeasurable damage elsewhere and fires also plagued the settlers of Fresno County. In 1882, the greatest of the early day fires wiped out an entire block of the city of Fresno, and was followed by another devastating blaze in 1883.

At the same time residents brought irrigation, electricity, and extensive agriculture to the area. Moses Church developed the first canals, called "Church Ditches," for irrigation. These canals transformed the barren desert of Fresno County into rich soil, thus enabling extensive wheat farming in Fresno County. Frances Eisen, leader of the wine industry in Fresno County, also began the raisin industry in 1875, when he accidentally let some of his grapes dry on the vine. Thomas Law Reed, A.Y. Easterby and Clovis Cole (aka the "Wheat King of the Nation") developed extensive grain and cattle ranches. These and other citizens laid the groundwork for the cultivation of Fresno County - now the nation's leading agricultural region. In more recent times cotton became a major crop in Fresno and the southern San Joaquin Valley, but recent drought and lower demand have lessened cotton's importance to the local economy.

The county is known as the raisin-producing capital of the world and produces more agricultural products than any other county in the United States. The region’s Mediterranean climate, which includes a warm, dry season, and a cool, damp season, contributes to Fresno’s agricultural bounty.

The discovery of oil in the southwestern part of the county, near the town of Coalinga at the foot of the Coast Ranges, brought about an economic boom in the first decade of the 20th century, even though the field itself was known at least as early as the 1860s. By 1910, Coalinga Oil Field, the largest field in Fresno County, was the most richly productive oil field in California; a dramatic oil gusher in 1909, the biggest in California up until that time, was an event of sufficient excitement to cause the Los Angeles Stock Exchange to close for a day so that its members could come by train to view it. The Coalinga field continues to produce oil, and is currently the eighth-largest field in the state.

To date, over thirty structures in Fresno County are on the National Register of Historic Places, including the the Meux Home, the Kearney Mansion Museum, and the Fresno Water Tower which once held over 250,000 US gallons (950 m³) of water for the city of Fresno.

Other cities, towns, and villages in the county, besides Fresno itself, also have their share of cemeteries, important personages, historic events and stories, and many historic locations. The next listing will be of the incorporated cities in the county with information regarding their coordinates on a map.

 

 

City, Town, Village Information About the Locale

CITY OF CLOVIS

www.ci.clovis.ca.us

 

GPS
36°49′31″N -119°42′11″W

36.82528°N -119.70306°W

Map of Clovis

Located in the northeast quadrant of the Fresno-Clovis Metropolitan Area, Clovis is situated in the midst of the agriculturally rich San Joaquin Valley. Since its incorporation in 1912, Clovis has been the "Gateway to the Sierra." Today, under the slogan of "A Way of Life," Clovis continues to plan and adapt to meet the needs of its present and future citizens. Watch an online video about Clovis.

CITY OF COALINGA

www.coalinga.com

GPS
36°08′23″N -120°21′37″W

36.13972°N -120.36028°W

Map of Coalinga

Nestled in the Pleasant Valley at the eastern edge of California's Coast Mountain Range, Coalinga is surrounded by hills and ranches. Coalinga is 10 miles west of Interstate 5 and 60 miles southwest of Fresno -- California's sixth largest city. Coalinga is a full-service city that provides a wide range of services to 19,063 citizens. Coalinga has an excellent school system, a community hospital, library district, parks and recreation district and a two-year community college. Watch an online video about Coalinga.

CITY OF FIREBAUGH

www.ci.firebaugh.ca.us

 

GPS
36°51′32″N -120°27′22″W

36.85889°N -120.45611°W

Map of Firebaugh

Often referred to as the "Hub of the Great West Side", Firebaugh is probably known as an important agricultural area. Major crops grown in the area include fruits, vegetables, nuts and fiber crops including tomato, garlic, cantaloupes and cotton. Along with agriculture, diversity has been developing Firebaugh; new growth in manufacturing, packing and processing plants have enhanced Firebaugh's outlook. Watch an online video about Firebaugh.

CITY OF FOWLER

www.fowlercity.org

GPS
36° 37′ 50″N
-119° 40′42″W
36.630556°N
-119.678333°W

Map of Fowler

The City of Fowler is a community of more than 5,000 residents. It is located in the San Joaquin Valley with access to big city living, minutes away from the Fresno-Clovis Metropolitan area. Agriculture is the major industry. The City also intends to develop a strong industrial base in Fowler's industrial corridor. U.S. Highway 99 is also easily accessible. Watch an online video about Fowler.

CITY OF FRESNO

www.fresno.gov

GPS
36_44_52_N -119_46_21_W

Map of Fresno

The City of Fresno offers a series of tools to promote development and economic vitality. The city will help your business gain the competitive edge necessary for success in today's business world. Compare this tool set with those offered by other California cities. Fresno offers them all. That's because Fresno means business. Watch an online video about Fresno.

CITY OF HURON

www.cityofhuron.com

GPS
36.320561 -120.085540

Map of Huron

The City of Huron, founded in 1877 and incorporated in 1951, lies in the San Joaquin Valley's vast west-side region. Huron is nine miles east of Interstate 5 (I-5) and three miles south of Highway 198. Lassen Avenue (Highway 269) runs north and south through the city providing easy access for local produce delivery to major markets. 6,975 residents call Huron their hometown. Watch an online video about Huron.

CITY OF KERMAN

www.cityofkerman.org

GPS
36°44′52″N -119°46′21″W

36.74778°N -119.7725°W

Map of Kerman

Kerman is located just 16 miles west of Fresno in the heart of California’s San Joaquin Valley. One of the fastest growing cities in California, Kerman places great emphasis on quality of life, while still keeping a small-town flavor. However, the City of Kerman and the City Council have planned, financed and developed the necessary support infrastructure to properly accommodate this growth. A recent survey indicated that that Kerman has one of the lowest crime rates of incorporated cities in Fresno County. In addition to an extensive parks system (over 47 acres of developed parks) the City of Kerman offers a wide variety of youth and senior citizen recreational activities, programs and transit services. Watch an online video about Kerman.

CITY OF KINGSBURG

www.cityofkingsburg-ca.gov

GPS
36°44′52″N -119°46′21″W

36.74778°N -119.7725°W

Map of Kingsburg

Heavily influenced by Swedish immigration in the late 1800's, Kingsburg has maintained that theme and is nicknamed "The Swedish Village." More important than the location and beauty of the City, is the genuine "family orientation" of the community. Neighbors care about each other, the crime rate is very low and citizens take pride in the appearance of their community.

CITY OF MENDOTA

www.cityofmendota.com

GPS
36.7535611°N -120.3815574°W

Map of Mendota

The Southern Pacific Railroad established a storage and switching facility in 1891 at the site of present-day Mendota. The City of Mendota, however, was not incorporated until 1942. Recreational opportunities are abundant, with three city parks in addition to the county and state administered parklands, and an active sports and activity program. Hunting and fishing are excellent in the area. Watch an online video about Mendota.

CITY OF ORANGE COVE

www.cityoforangecove.com

GPS
36 37.46285 N -119 18.82518 W

Map of Orange Cove

Incorporated in 1948, this rural atmosphere is located on popular Highway 63 to Kings Canyon & Sequoia Parks. Pine Flat Lake and Dam are situated nearby at the edge of the Sierra Foothills. Major crops are citrus, tree fruit & grapes. The Santa Fe spur line is located within the City. The Orange Cove City Council encourages commercial, industrial & residential development. Watch an online video about Orange Cove.

CITY OF PARLIER

www.parlier.ca.us

GPS
36°36′42″N -119°31′37″W

36.61167°N -119.52694°W

Map of Parlier

"A Community with a vision to the future" - Parlier was incorporated in 1921. It is the center of the beautiful San Joaquin Valley in Fresno County. Parlier has a population of 12,250 and was recently ranked as California's second fastest growing community, and it's ideally situated about 200 miles north of Los Angeles and about the same distance south of San Francisco and Sacramento. Watch an online video about Parlier.

CITY OF REEDLEY

www.reedley.com

GPS
36°35′47″N -119°27′01″W

36.59639°N -119.45028°W

Map of Reedley

Incorporated in 1913, Reedley, with a 2009 population of 26,426, is an agricultural community in southeast Fresno County. The beautiful Kings River flows through the community and offers a variety of recreational opportunities for boating, fishing, skiing, rafting, and swimming. More fresh fruit produce is grown and shipped from Reedley than from any other area of the world. Reedley enjoys several ammenities typically only found in larger urban areas, such as a college, a hospital, and beautiful trail system that runs directly through the heart of the community. The City is currently developing the first phase of a thirty-eight acre Regional Sports Park, which will include football, baseball, soccer, swimming facilities, and more. Watch an online video about Reedley.

CITY OF SAN JOAQUIN

www.cityofsanjoaquin.org

GPS
36°36′24″N -120°11′21″W

36.60667°N -120.18917°W

Map of San Joaquin

The City of San Joaquin is a farming community with a population of 3,570, and is located thirty miles west of Fresno. It was incorporated on February 14, 1920. Cotton is the major commodity in the area, along with various other crops. San Joaquin is the center link, as Manning Avenue connects Highway 99 with Interstate 5. This connection attracts business and promotes growth to the area. Watch an online video about San Joaquin.

CITY OF SANGER

www.ci.sanger.ca.us

GPS
36°42′29″N 119°33′21″W

36.70806°N 119.55583°W

Map of Sanger

In the heart of the world’s richest farmland, Sanger is the center of the world famous Blossom Trail. Sanger’s award-winning schools epitomize the values of vision, innovation and tenacity. Sanger is a full-service city providing Police, Fire, and Emergency Services. The result is a city with a balanced budget, very low crime statistics, and favorable fire insurance rates for business, industry and residents. Watch an online video about Sanger.

CITY OF SELMA

www.cityofselma.com

GPS
36°34′15″N 119°36′43″W

36.57083°N 119.61194°W

Map of Selma

In the past few years Selma has become the "hub" of growth for the south valley. In addition to many new housing projects, Selma is very proud of its downtown and the industrial and commercial developments it has attracted in recent years. These include a U.S. Postal Encoding Center, a new regional movie theater, new shopping opportunities including a brand new Home Depot, and an auto mall. 

 

Communities That Have Disappeared From Fresno County

 

Collis

Collis was established in the "late 1800s". The name of this small agricultural town was changed to Kerman in 1901.

 

Fort Miller

Fort Miller was established 1851. The Fort Miller Blockhouse, the oldest edifice in Fresno county and the only remaining part of Fort Miller was dismantled and removed to Kearney Park in Fresno in 1944 when the original site was flooded by Millerton Dam. Currently negotiations are underway to move the blockhouse once again and develop it as a Native American Historical and Cultural Center. The Fresno County Genealogical Society has a lot of interesting history available regarding the History of Fort Miller.

Drawing of Fort Miller

Millerton

Millerton was established as Rootville 1852. This town was located 1 mile below Fort Miller. It became the County Seat in 1856 when Fresno became a county. The town fell into decline when the County Seat was moved to Fresno in 1874 more or less as a result of the extreme damage caused to the town by the 1867 flood. Millerton is now under the waters produced by Friant Dam and the resultant Millerton Lake.

The former county seat Millton lies under the water of Millerton lake.

Millerton Pioneers in 1921

Rootville

Rootville was established 1852. See Millerton.

 

Wheatville The Wheatville post office was established Jan. 31, 1891. This town was established in Fresno County but reported as a part of Kings County for a brief time.

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