The ground surface is so nearly level that you have no sense of contour. . . . It is not a former lake, although in large part it is a former swamp. Geology characteristically repeats itself around the world and down through time, but---with the possible exceptions of the Chilean Longitudinal Valley and the Dalbandin Trough in Pakistan---the Great Central Valley of California has no counterpart on this planet.

~ John McPhee, Assembling California

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Kearney Ranch Project

We need a place to save and honor and share the story of California’s great Central Valley. 

The founders of the Fresno Historical Society - children of pioneer families - set a goal back in 1919 to create just such a place.  Today, the Society is working to make their vision a reality.  

Utilizing the 230-acre site of M. Theo Kearney’s Fruit Vale Estate ranch headquarters, we’re planning a destination that will

 

Tell the story of our Valley---California’s Central Valley

Celebrate the Valley’s cultural diversity

Trace the development of agriculture and agribusiness

Document the region’s immigrant story

Teach our children how to learn history’s lessons

Expand the Society’s archives and make its contents more accessible

Provide a community gathering place

Use history to help develop plans for the Valley’s future

 

We’re calling the destination Kearney Ranch. We invite you to explore our vision further.

Last Updated Monday, March 02, 2015 - 08:27 AM.