Fresno

Population

2010: 494,665, #34 in U.S., #5 in California

1950: 91,669, #125 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 930,450, #55 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 276,515, #70 in U.S.

Setting

Fresno, in the Central Valley of California, was established in 1872 around a station on the Central Pacific Railroad. In 1964, six blocks of Fulton Street – the city’s major business street – were closed to vehicle traffic when the Fulton Mall was opened. It remains a pedestrian mall today.

Buildings

Tallest building: Federal Courthouse (2005), 225 feet

Stores

Fresno has no downtown department stores.

Trains

Amtrak’s San Joaquin runs several trains daily - south to Bakersfield and north to Oakland and Sacramento - from the restored downtown Santa Fe station (1899).

Museums

Arte Americas and the Legion of Valor Museum are located downtown. The Fresno Metropolitan Museum of Art and Science closed in January 2010 because of financial difficulties. The Fresno Art Museum is north of downtown.




Downtown Fresno

Theaters

Downtown Fresno has no movie theaters. Warnor’s Theater is a restored 1928 movie palace that now presents concerts and other shows.

The Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra plays at the Saroyan Theater in the Fresno Convention Center (1966).  Broadway in Fresno presents touring musicals at the Saroyan Theater. Children's Musical Theaterworks has musicals at the Fresno Memorial Auditorium (1936).

Sports

The  Fresno Grizzlies, Triple-A Pacific Coast League affiliate of the Houston Astros, play in Chukchansi Park (2002). The Convention Center Arena and the Save Mart Center (2003), north of downtown, have sporting events and concerts.

Map of Downtown Fresno

DowntownFresno.org

Historic Architecture