Fresno is a city in the United States state of California. Fresno is the county seat of Fresno County. It is situated in Central California. It is one hundred and eighty four miles southeast of San Francisco and two hundred and twenty two miles northwest of Los Angeles. In eighteen hundred and eighty five, Fresno was incorporated as a city. Fresno had its beginnings as a station for the Central Pacific Railroad in eighteen hundred and seventy two. In eighteen hundred and seventy four, Fresno was made the county seat of Fresno County. The early explorers found ash trees in the area and “Fresno” is Spanish for the ash trees.
Invited by its natural wonders and other attractions many tourists visit Fresno. Many bus companies function in the city catering to these visitors. They offer services of charter bus, coach bus, limo bus, party bus etc. to the customers. They are all highly reputed for the quality service they offer. The prices of these services come at an affordable range is an added attraction.
A leading agribusiness hub is Fresno. On nearly two million acres which are irrigated, seven thousand and five hundred farmers produce two hundred and fifty different crops worth three billion dollars a year. Grapes, cotton, tomatoes, cattle and calves, and turkeys are Fresno’s top agricultural products. Fresno is also a distribution and manufacturing center. Agricultural chemicals, farm equipment, canned fruit and vegetables, clothing, computer software, electric wire, pumps, glass and plastic products are included among its diverse industries.
Fresno is one of the fastest growing cities in United States due to the extensive and sophisticated agribusiness in the San Joaquin valley. There was an increase by sixty two percent in population in the nineteen hundred and eighties. Fresno, which is the financial, processing and shipping, service, and commercial center for the valley, handles fruits and vegetables as well as cotton. Also important are cattle and dairy farming. Beer, farm machinery, plastics, vending machines and orthopedic appliances are included among the city’s manufactures. Also contributing to Fresno’s economy are adjacent oil and natural gas fields.
In the city are located California State University Fresno, Fresno Pacific University and Fresno City College. Fresno City College is the oldest junior college in California. It was established in nineteen hundred and ten.
The city and its Armenian community are immortalized by William Saroyan’s writings.
The Sierra National Forest is nearby. Also located in Fresno is the King Canyon National Park. It is a region of giant canyons resplendent with towering rock walls, countless lakes, waterfalls and mountain meadows. On Highway one hundred and eighty, fifty five miles east of downtown Fresno is situated the entrance to the National Park.