Firebaugh is a city in Fresno County, California, United States, on the west side of the San Joaquin River 38 miles (61 km) west of Fresno. Take a look below for 10 awesome and amazing facts about Firebaugh, California, United States.
1. State Route 33 (SR 33) and the San Joaquin Valley Railroad, West Side Subdivision, pass through downtown.
2. A small commercial district features the ubiquitous California Central Valley water tank painted with the city’s name.
3. Firebaugh lies at an elevation of 151 feet (46 m).
4. The population was 7,549 at the 2010 census, up from 5,743 as of 2000.
5. Firebaugh hosts an annual Cantaloupe Round-Up Festival in Dunkle Park. The event aims at celebrating the peak harvest of the melon in late July and is an economic boost for local businesses.
6. The city, formerly Firebaugh’s Ferry, is named for Andrew D. Firebaugh (also spelled Fierbaugh, born in Virginia in 1823, descendant of German immigrants initially named Feuerbach), an area entrepreneur.
7. During the Gold Rush, Firebaugh’s most famous local enterprise was a ferry boat which shuttled people across the San Joaquin River. In 1857 he built a toll road for wagons, replacing an earlier horse trail that ran parallel to present-day State Route 152 from what became Bell Station over Pacheco Pass to the Rancho San Luis Gonzaga.
8. Firebaugh was a station on the Butterfield Overland Stage. The Firebaugh’s Ferry post office operated from 1860 to 1862. The Firebaugh post office opened in 1865.
9. In the 1880s, the area of Firebaugh was once part of the massive holdings of the Miller and Lux Company, which had a large cattle operation covering what today is Dos Palos to Mendota.
10. On their 1985 album Wönderful, the Circle Jerks, an influential Los Angeles-based punk band, recorded a song titled “Firebaugh”. The song’s lyrics portray a dystopian vision of racial tension, violence, alcoholism, and boredom. Listeners are warned, “If your car breaks down, don’t take a tow to Firebaugh…”