About the city
Fresno is a city located within the state of California, USA, and is the county seat of Fresno Country. The city covers a total area of 290 square kilometers in the southern part of California's Central Valley, which is parallel to the Pacific Ocean coast. 99.69% of the entire city or 290 square kilometers are covered by land, the rest 0.4 square kilometers are covered by water.
The city was founded in 1872 as the railway station of the Central Pacific Railroad or CPRR, which operates between California and Utah. Later, in 1885, it was incorporated as the official governmental municipality.
Fresno is the economic hub of Fresno County and the San Joaquin Valley, and the agricultural sector acts as the primary source of the city revenue.
Fresno is located nearly at the central part of California, and it is 97 kilometers south of Yosemite National Park, 64 kilometers away from Sierra National Park, 97 kilometers away from Kings Canyon National Park, etc. Beautiful lakes are located in proximity to the city as well. Thus, Bass Lake, Shaver Lake, and Huntington Lake are found in just a couple of hours away.
The city also has three national parks on its territory: Woodward Park, that has several walking trails and picnic area; Roeding Park, that hosts the Fresno Chaffee Zoo as well; and Kearney Park, that is regarded as the largest national park of Fresno Country and is home for Kearney Mansion.
Fresno has several neighborhoods: Downtown area, Sunnyside, Tower District, Huntington Boulevard, Van Ness Extension, West Side, Woodward Park, Sierra Sky Park.
The downtown area of Fresno hosted the Fresno Water Tower, the Fresno Carnegie Public Library that was demolished, the Bank of Italy Building, the San Joaquin Light and Power Building which is currently known as the Grand 1401, the Pacific Southwest Building, and the Hughes Hotel that was burned down earlier.
Sunnyside was adequately renovated in the 1950s and the 1970s, it now hosts the Sunnyside Country Club, which hosts the golf course of the city. The main streets of the area are Kings Canyon Avenue and Clovis Avenue.
Tower District is famous for being constructed around the historical site of the city - Tower Theatre, which was included in the National List of Historic Places. Together with the commercial offices and houses, there are lots of restaurants, bars, theatres, nightclubs, cinemas, etc.
Huntington Boulevard was built on the place of the historic Alta Vista Tract. The area is considered the "anti-gated community," which is characterized by a closed perimeter of fences and walls that surround all pedestrian walkways, bicycle and automobile roads.
Van Ness Extension, located between Marks Avenue and West Avenue, is regarded as the most prestigious area of the city.
West Side contains the major part of Mexican-American and an Asian-American population of Fresno. Notably, the Fresno Chandler Executive Airport is located in that area.
Woodward Park has an amphitheater with the capacity of approximately 2.500 spectators. There are also three small ponds, picnic areas, Japanese Garden, fenced dog park, children's playground, etc.
Sierra Sky Park, established in 1946, it was used as the first aviation community.