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Fresno County, California
93701, 93702, 93703, 93705, 93710, 93711, 93720, 93721, 93722, 93726, 93727, 93728
California's New Frontier
The Garden of the Sun
Chamber of Commerce.
Fresno was founded unusually when the entire population of Millerton moved together from Millerton to the railroad line and a new town was created around 1872. It is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, often referred to as the great "Garden of the Sun" because of its agricultural prominance. Located here are some of the largest winereries, and largest dried fruit company in the world. Fresno is known for its large agricultural production, among the top in the world.
The name comes from the Spanish word for ash tree. There were many of these ash trees in the valley at that time. Fresno had the typical western town atmosphere with some saloons and a sheriff's office. It was burned down several times and was flooded out in 1884. After the serious flood, the resident decided they needed some structured city government. Fresno was incorporated on Oct 12, 1885.
Here is a Fresno history page
This Fresno History at a Glance page has some nice photographs of the area.
Fresno is the Raisin Capital of the World
Fresno is the home of several famous automobile racing drivers. Among the best known are the three generations of Bill Vukovich. They constitute the first combination of father, son and grandson to compete in the Indianapolis 500. The late Bill Vukovich Sr. is considered by many racing analysts to be the best Indianapolis 500 driver of all time. He won the 1953 and 1954 classics. With better luck, he could have won at least four in a row, between 1952 and 1955. He had a commanding lead in the 1952 race when his car failed near the end. He also had a commanding lead in the 1955 race, but lost his life when he became involved in an accident with lapped cars which tangled in front of him.
Bill Vukovich Jr. was Rookie of the Year for the 1968 Indianapolis 500. He did not win the race, but did earn a second place finish in 1973. He had several other top 10 finishes at Indianapolis before his retirement.
The late Billy Vukovich III was Rookie of the Year for the 1988 Indianapolis 500 and had earlier earned championships in super-modified competition. His career, which almost certainly would have included victory at the Indianapolis 500, was tragically interrupted in a sprint car accident at Bakersfield, CA in November 1990.
Other prominent drivers from Fresno include Johnny Boyd, Duane Carter, Edgar Elder, and Earl Motter.
Fresno has a Council/Manager form of government
Fresno Chamber Fresno Chamber of Commerce
2331 Fresno St.
Fresno, CA 93721
Fresno Community News 25 June 2016 - Fresno California - Man Shot By Police While Walking Towards Them With Something In His Hand
Dylan Noble was stopped by police, who were looking for a man with a rifle. Nobel ignored most of the officers commands while they tried
to get him to show his hands and get on the ground. Just before being shop Nobel was holding something in his hand and started walking
toward the officers. The thing he had in his hand was a small box. Police Chief Jerry Dyer has asked the
FBI to conduct a separate investigation.
Fresno OrganizationsFresno Chamber of Commerce
2331 Fresno St.
Fresno, CA 93721
Fresno Libraries Fresno County Library
Headquarters & Central Library
2420 Mariposa St.
Fresno, California 93721
Fresno Schools Fresno Unified School District
2309 Tulare St>
Miscellany The population of Fresno was:
1998 - 411,600
2001 - 435,700
2002 - 441,900