Friant, California

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Coordinates: 36°59′16″N 119°42′43″W / 36.98778°N 119.71194°W / 36.98778; -119.71194

Friant (formerly, Converse Ferry, Jones Ferry, Hamptonville, and Pollasky)[1] is a census-designated place (CDP) in Fresno County, California, United States. The population was 519 males and 259 females (total: 778) at the 2000 census. Friant is located 11.5 miles (19 km) north of Clovis,[1] at an elevation of 344 feet (105 m).[2]

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Geography

Friant is located at 36°59′16″N 119°42′43″W / 36.98778°N 119.71194°W / 36.98778; -119.71194.[2] The CDP is located along the banks of the San Joaquin River and at the base of Friant Dam and Millerton Lake.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km²), of which, 1.4 square miles (3.5 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (2.88%) is water.

History

The place was first called Converse Ferry for Charles Converse, who established a ferry across the San Joaquin River in 1852.[1] It was renamed Jones Ferry for J.R. Jones a local merchant.[1] The post office came in 1881 and named the place Hamptonville, after William R. Hampton, its first postmaster.[1] The Southern Pacific Railroad arrived in 1891 and named the place Pollasky for Marcus Pollasky, a railroad official.[1] In the 1920s the place was renamed for Thomas Friant, a lumber company executive.[1]

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