In the late 1800s, Clovis M. Cole purchased large tracts of land in California’s San Joaquin Valley with the intent to farm wheat. Marcus Pollasky, a businessman from the East with a keen eye for a profit, proposed building a railroad that would bring more people and gains to the area. The two struck a deal.
Cole sold key landholdings to Pollasky and the town was given Cole’s first name. Businesses grew along Front Street and families purchased nearby 20-acre parcels where they built homes and grew abundant crops. Living in Clovis became a way of life as dedication to family, friends, and community defined the area.
Tapping into such sources as the Clovis-Dry Creek Museum, the Clovis Chamber of Commerce, the John Reynolds Collection, and the Fresno County Library, this collection illustrates Clovis’s rich history and way of life through historic photographs, informative descriptions, first-person accounts and personal interviews. The committee offers the book as a gift to Clovis on the occasion of its 100th birthday.
Highlights of Clovis include:
• Discover how the city of Clovis got its name
• Find out who Pollasky Avenue in the heart of Old Town Clovis is named after and why
• Meet the early pioneers who settled this area and created the community values and way of life we enjoy today
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.
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