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Fresno

Fresno County,

California

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California's New Frontier
The Garden of the Sun


The California state capital is Sacramento.


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Zip Codes

93701, 93702, 93703, 93705, 93710, 93711, 93720, 93721, 93722, 93726, 93727, 93728

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Statistics & Facts

The population of Fresno is approximately 411,600 (1998), 494665 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 129,404 (1990), 158349 (2010).

The amount of land area in Fresno is 256.775 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Fresno is 102 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.891 sq kilometers.
The distance from Fresno to Washington DC is 2430 miles. The distance to the California state capital is 151 miles. (as the crow flies)
Fresno is positioned 36.78 degrees north of the equator and 119.79 degrees west of the prime meridian.

Fresno elevation is 296 feet above sea level.
Fresno miscellany.

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Location

Fresno location: on Highway 99 in the middle of the state above Bakersfield, in the central valley of California. Here is a location page for Fresno.

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Climate & Weather

The climate for Fresno is moderate. The area is typical of the Central Valley of California with warm summers and mild winters. It is extremely rare to have freezing temperatures. High humidity is rarely present. Here is a climate page for Fresno. This page from the National Weather Service gives a climate report with present values plus normals and extremes for this date in the past.
Fresno average annual precipitation is 10.7 inches per year.
The average low temperature is (winter) 37, (spring) 48, (summer) 65, (fall) 51 degrees F.
The average high temperature is (winter) 54, (spring) 75, (summer) 98, (fall) 80 degrees F.
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History & History Related Items

Fresno history:

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.

This page highlights the first 100 years of Fresno history.
The founding of Fresno: 1874
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Fresno Attractions:

Fresno is the Raisin Capital of the World

NOTED NOTABLES

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 is located near three of our National Parks: Yosemite National Park and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

Chaffee Zoological Gardens of Fresno
Contact us at: toucan@chaffeezoo.org

Find out more information about Fresno on Fresno On-line

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