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Old Fresno County Courthouse Relic To Get New Home At Fairgrounds

Sep 16, 2014

The old Fresno Courthouse was torn down in 1966

The cupola that once sat on top of the dome of the old Fresno County Courthouse from 1895 to 1966 will soon have a new home. Representatives of the Big Fresno Fair and the Fresno Historical Society announced Tuesday that the relic will be restored and placed on top of a planned expansion of the Big Fresno Fair Museum at the fairgrounds. 

Fresno County Superior Court Judge Robert Oliver said the project will preserve an important part of Fresno County's historic and it's judicial system. 

The courthouse was built in 1875 and stood until it was demolished in 1966, after a bitter political fight to save the historic structure. 

The 10,000 square foot expansion will add a second floor to the current museum which opened in 2013. The project is scheduled for completion in 2016. A fundraising campaign is currently underway to pay for the expansion and the preservation of the coupla.