Skip to main content

Court Street, Hanford, California

While passing through Hanford this past week I noticed a street blade for Court Street on a pedestrian sidewalk in downtown between Douty Street and Irwin Street. 






Court Street serves as the northern street in Courthouse Square which is bounded by Douty Street, 8th Street, and Irwin Street. 



On the Courthouse Square side of Court Street is the Bastille and the original Kings County Courthouse.  The Bastille served as the Kings County jail from 1898 to 1964 when it was replaced by modern facility on Kings County Drive.  The original Kings County Courthouse was built in 1896 and was in service as a court building until 1976 when it was replaced by the Kings County Government Center on West Lacey Boulevard (which incidentally was on the original CA 198).







On the north side of Court Street is the Hanford Auditorium which was completed in 1924.   Supposedly the Hanford Auditorium was one of the largest if not the largest facility of it's kind between San Francisco and Los Angeles when it was constructed.





The west side of Court Street at Irwin Street is the Hanford Fox Theater.  The Fox Theater was opened in 1929 and is still frequently used for concert events.  Interestingly there is still a neon "FOX" sign at the very top of the building which is used at night.  The Fox Theater lines with with the intersection of Irwin Street and West Lacey Boulevard which was the original alignment of CA 198 and can be seen on the left side of this photo.


I'm not sure when Court Street was closed to vehicular access but the clock in the first photo on this blog has a construction date from 2000.  As stated above the Kings Counthouse was constructed in 1896 which was three years after Hanford became the County Seat of the newly created Kings County.  The 1892 map of Hanford doesn't Court Street but does show the approximate location of Courthouse Square.

1892 Hanford City Map

On the 1938 Thomas Bros Map of Hanford, Court Street is shown as being an active roadway and located at the geographic center of the city.

1938 Hanford City Map

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Ghost Town Tuesday; Vineland, Florida; the town killed by Disney

Vineland is a small ghost town located in southwest Orange County, Florida near the junction of Florida State Road 535 and Interstate 4.  Vineland is somewhat unique due to it largely being squeezed out of existence by Lake Buena Vista which is the company town where Disney World is located. Vineland was founded in the late 1800s as Englewood.  The town name of Englewood changed to Orange Center in 1911 before finally assuming the name Vineland in 1924.  Much like the rest of Orange County the community of Vineland was centered around Citrus Grove.  In the case of Vineland said orange groves were centered around Ruby Lake. The end of Vineland came as the Disney Corporation began purchasing parcels of citrus grove land to build Lake Buena Vista.  Vineland fell into a sharp decline in the 1960s but the community managed to continue to exist to modern times.  Much of the street grid of Vineland still exists east of FL 535 but most of the original structures are either gone or falle

Old NY 10 and Goodman Mountain in the Adirondacks

  Old highway alignments come in all shapes and sizes, as well as taking some different forms after their lifespan of serving cars and trucks has ended. In the case of an old alignment of what was NY 10 south of Tupper Lake, New York, part of the old road was turned into part of a hiking trail to go up Goodman Mountain. At one time, the road passed by Goodman Mountain to the east, or Litchfield Mountain as it was known at the time. As the years passed, sometime around 1960, the part of NY 10 north of Speculator became part of NY 30, and remains that way today from Speculator, past Indian Lake and Tupper Lake and up to the Canadian Border. At one time, the highway was realigned to pass the Goodman Mountain to the west, leaving this stretch of road to be mostly forgotten and to be reclaimed by nature. During the summer of 2014, a 1.6 mile long hiking trail was approved the Adirondack Park Agency to be constructed to the summit of the 2,176 foot high Goodman Mountain. For the first 0.9 mi

Oregon State Highway 58

  Also known as the Willamette Highway No. 18, the route of Oregon State Highway 58 (OR 58) stretches some 86 miles between US 97 north of Chemult and I-5 just outside of Eugene, Oregon. A main route between the Willamette Valley region of Oregon with Central Oregon and Crater Lake National Park, the highway follows the Middle Fork Willamette River and Salt Creek for much of its route as it makes its way to and across the Cascades, cresting at 5,138 feet above sea level at Willamette Pass. That is a gain of over 4,500 in elevation from where the highway begins at I-5. The upper reaches of OR 58 are dominated by the principal pinnacle that can sometimes be seen from the highway, Diamond Peak, and three nearby lakes, Crescent, Odell and Waldo (Oregon's second largest lake). OR 58 is chock full of rivers, creeks, mountain views, hot springs and waterfalls within a short distance from the highway. OR 58 was numbered as such by the Oregon State Highway Department in 1940. OR 58 is a del