(1896 - 1987)Harry Watanabe was 19 years old when he came to Coalinga from Japan in 1915. Watanabe first worked at Ayers Drug Store and the Sullivan Hotel. It was in 1928 that Watanabe found his niche in life and the vocation that left his mark on Coalinga. Watanabe had a natural instinct for gardening and was destined to play a considerable part in making Coalinga a gem - an oasis in what was nearly a hostile desert. The first settlers were faced with a brackish, hard water from local wells and planted chinaberry, salt cedar and cottonwood trees for shade, the only trees that would grow.
|Placed By||Coalinga City Council|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 8:41am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||10S E 738045 N 4004249|
|Decimal Degrees||36.15378333, -120.35393333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 36° 9.227', W 120° 21.236'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||36° 9' 13.62" N, 120° 21' 14.16" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 401-403 E Elm Ave, Coalinga CA 93210, US|
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