Fresno, CA

fresno caThe Central Pacific Railroad was laid in 1872 through the San Joaquin Valley, and at the time, the track builders created a makeshift town, calling it Fresno Station for the name of the county (a name taken from the description of the trees that flourished in the area). A station was eventually built in what is now downtown Fresno. A nearby town, Millerton, moved 25 miles away to Fresno just so they could gain access to the new transportation. The railroad brought many supplies to the area, as well as farming equipment since this area was very rich in agricultural opportunities. The railroad transportation also brought people from all over to help plant and harvest, creating a great boom in population and shaping the city we know today.