Coalinga Mineral Springs Road, Fresno Hot Springs Resort site and Coalinga Mineral Springs National Recreation Trail
Coalinga Mineral Springs Road is a short north/south roadway in Fresno County in the Diablo Mountains west of Coalinga. Coalinga Mineral Springs Road is only five miles and is located entirety in Hot Springs Canyon. Coalinga Mineral Springs Road holds historic significance due to it's 19th Century origin as the stage road to the Fresno Hot Springs Resort.
Part 1; the history of Coalinga Mineral Springs Road
What is now Coalinga Mineral Springs was discovered during the 19th Century by James Rogers. Rogers had been hunting a bear and was washing his hands in a nearby spring which was found to be full of warm sulfur water. The spring located by Rogers was initially known as Roger's Sulphur Springs.
Roger/s Sulphur Springs was later purchased by Colonel Henry Burrough and came to be known as Fresno Hot Springs. Burrough built a stage road and a two-story bathhouse which opened during 1896. Below Fresno Hot Springs bathhouse can be seen in a photo sourced from the Fresno County Library.
Coalinga Mineral Springs Road continues north to another culvert style span over Springs Creek dated to June 1950.
Coalinga Mineral Springs Road continues northward to it's namesake Springs. Approaching Coalinga Mineral Springs there is substantial damage from the Mineral Fire.