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1882 Fowler Rail Depot

Over the last month or so I've been driving by a mysterious red building at Clovis Avenue and Lincoln Avenue near California State Route 99 in Fresno County.  The building greatly resembled a rail depot and I noticed it displayed the name of the City of Fowler.  It turns out that the building is the 1882 Fowler Rail Depot which was moved northwest out of downtown Fowler to it's present location.  The Fowler Rail Depot appears to have once been a business as it has a large security fence is surrounding it and there is handicap parking zones.  The sign on the Depot shows San Francisco 216 miles to the west and New Orleans 2,271 miles to the east.





Apparently the Fowler Rail Depot was constructed the same year that Fowler received a Post Office.  I haven't been able to track back a ton of history on the City of Fowler but it appears that it was founded as a Southern Pacific Railroad siding.  An 1892 map of the City of Fowler shows the Depot building located at the intersection of Main Street and 7th Street.

1892 Map of the City of Fowler

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