Fresno, California

Fresno is located in the center of the San Joaquin Valley of Central California.

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Fresno is the fifth largest city in the state with a population of 510,365 residents (2010).

About Fresno

There are many cultural and recreational experiences available in, or near, the city of Fresno. Fresno is the industrial, financial, trade, and commercial capital in the Central San Joaquin Valley.

To See And To Do In Fresno

River Park Shopping Center

Yosemite Valley

Forestiere Underground Gardens

Fresno Art Museum

The Tower District - Dining, Arts, Entertainment

History Of Fresno

In 1856, Fresno County was created. In 1860, the first permanent settlers in the area came from Holland. In 1872, Fresno was founded by the Central Pacific Railroad Company. The population of Millerton moved to the railroad line and the new town Fresno was created. The name Fresno is the Spanish language word for the ash tree, and an ash leaf is featured on the city's flag.

In 1876, the first church was established. In 1882, a fire destroyed an entire block of the city. In 1885, Fresno was incorporated as a city. In 1889, the Fresno High School was established and the Southern Pacific Railroad Depot was completed. In 1892, the first streetcars were introduced and streetcar suburbs soon followed. In 1894, the Old Fresno Water Tower was built. In 1899, the Santa Fe Railroad Depot was completed as a station for the San Francisco and San Joaquin Valley Railroad.

In 1900, about 12,500 people lived in the city. In 1917, the Bank of Italy Building was completed. In 1922, the daily newspaper, the Fresno Bee, was founded and the Fresno Metropolitan Museum of Art and Science was built. In 1928, the Warnors Theatre was built. In 1929, the original Saint Agnes Hospital was built in downtown. In 1939, the Tower Theatre was built. In 1948, the Azteca Theater was built. In 1991, the City Hall was completed.

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