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Fresno is located in the Central Valley of California. The city was founded in 1856 and received its name from the original Spanish settlers. ‘Fresno’ is translated from the Spanish word meaning ‘white ash trees’, which refers to the mountain ash trees that line the San Joaquin River.

Fresno is a hub for cultural and economic activity. Before World War II, the city contained many ethnic neighborhoods. Before its revitalization attempt, the city held one of the most preserved areas of pre-20th century architecture. The city’s cultural history can be experienced at the Fresno Metropolitan Museum, which displays both permanent and traveling exhibits from an array of subjects.

Fresno is recognized for having unusual landmarks. The Fresno Municipal Sanitary Landfill, for example, is a historic landmark for being the first modern landfill. A more pleasant creation is the Forestiere Underground Gardens. The gardens were built over a 40 year period and feature underground pathways, courtyards and patios lined with lush plant life.

Many of Fresno’s natural attractions can be found at Roeding Park. The park covers 90 acres and is home to two amusement parks, the Fresno Chaffee Zoo and the Japanese War Memorial.



Fresno Metropolitan Museum Forestiere Underground Gardens Roeding Park