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History of Fresno

Q: What Does the Name "Fresno" mean?
A: Fresno County, which takes its name from the Spanish word for "ash," or "ash tree," was created April 19, 1856; its present boundaries were established in 1909. Historians say the Spanish name for "ash" was applied because the Oregon Ash, Fraxinus oregona was native to the area. (Gudde, Erwin G. California Place Names; The Origin and Etymology of Current Geographical Names, 3rd ed. 1969.)

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