Introduction to Coalinga, California
Coalinga, California, in Fresno county, is 53 miles SW of Fresno, California. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Fresno metropolitan area. Coalinga contains a population of approximately 11,668.
The area in California which is presently known as Coalinga was established as a coaling station site in 1888 by the Southern Pacific Railway. Those were the days when trains used to run on steam engines which used burning coals for power. At that time this area was only referred to as Coaling Station A. The named stayed, but morphed into Coalinga. It was incorporated in 1906. The city suffered extensive damage due to a high intensity earthquake in May 1983.
Coalinga and nearby Attractions
- Harris Ranch
- Morro Bay
- Pismo Beach
- Yosemite National Park
- Sequoia/Kings National Park
Things To Do In Coalinga
Coalinga is a lively city. The city people organize several exciting activities throughout the year. Summer is the time for the Plaza Market. The Hot Air Balloon Festival is celebrated in November. People look forward to the Annual Horned Toad Derby which is organized during Memorial Day weekend.
The Fresno Yosemite International Airport serves the area.
Coalinga Higher Education
Coalinga is served by the West Hills Community College.