Schools, Fresno County, 1870-1890

Summary: This file contains all schools marked in Thomas Thompson's 1891 atlas of Fresno County.


This shapefile was created from an 1891 Fresno County atlas that had been georeferenced on ArcMap. All schools in Fresno County as shown on the map were marked in the shapefile for the purpose of mapping population centers; ie where people were actually settling down. It should be noted that any schools located in the major cities would not have appeared on the map.

For further analyses and commentary, please read Cameron Ormsby's article "Land Speculation in Fresno County: 1860-1891" at the following address: http:[edited] Fresno County Atlas (1891) created by Thomas H. Thompson

Methodology: Each page of the county atlas was cropped in photoshop and then georeferenced in ArcMap with the historical township and range sections. The schools were located and added to the shape file by hand.


The study was conducted at Stanford's Spatial History Lab ( The research was made possible through funding provided by NSF Award 0820501, Mellon Distinguished Professor Grant (Richard White), and the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Stanford. Historical research and digitization completed by Cameron Ormsby ( in Summer 2010. Technical support and project management by Erik Steiner ( Additional support provided by Kathy Harris, Jake Coolidge, Killeen Hanson, Evgenia Schneider, and Daniel Meyer.

Access and use limitations:

The reuse and adaptation of this data is encouraged for scholarly work. Its commercial use is strictly prohibited. Kindly inform the authors of any adaptations or modifications made to improve the quality of the data.

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Attributes Range Median Mean Std. Dev.
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Township Text column (no statistics available)
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55 54.86 35.14
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