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The Historical Sunnyside Neighborhood

Written by Kathy Hamlin

Travel on Butler Avenue, East of Clovis Avenue – or South on Minnewawa from Butler – tucked away behind 100+ year old palm trees and mature landscaping, you can see it – early Fresno history. This area is filled with unique custom homes – like this one.

Recognize these names? Butler, Church, Easterby, Eisen, Roeding, Romain, Locan, Teague, and Kearney. These are some of the founders of Fresno who farmed the area.

In 1867, Easterby purchased land to grow wheat. He hired sheep man Moses J. Church in 1871 to create an irrigation system, that is still in use today.

Among the well-known early ranches in Sunnyside started in 1886. Minna Eshleman purchased 480 acres, and founded the “Minnewawa Ranch”, the first ranch in Fresno County to be developed by a woman. Minna was an educator, a business woman, a breeder, a farmer, a packer and a shipper. Her original home still graces the Minnewawa Ranch at the end of the beautiful tree lined road of Minnewawa Avenue.

In 1890, William N. Oothout’s purchase of 560 acres from Frederick Roeding, founded the Sunnyside Vineyard Ranch, located directly across the street from Eisen’s vineyard at Kings Canyon Road and Clovis Avenues. The first Thompson seedless grapes in the Fresno area were planted here by Oothout and closely guarded to prevent others from getting cuttings.

In 1911, Roeding, Teague, Romain, Swift, and Goodfellow, bought a portion of the old Sunnyside Vineyard and the Oothout’s colonial home for a golf course. The club was named Sunnyside Golf and Country Club, and the Oothout home was used as the clubhouse until it was destroyed by a fire in 1941.

Sunnyside has much to offer; unique homes from every era, the oldest golf club in the valley, beautiful walking trails along Fancher Creek, and soon – a new “Riverpark” like shopping center on Clovis Avenue.

Thanks to the Sunnyside Property Owners Association, and Sunnyside Country Club for your help in writing this blog.


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