Herndon, California

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Coordinates: 36°50′12″N 119°55′03″W / 36.83667°N 119.91750°W / 36.83667; -119.91750


Sycamore Point, Sycamore, Palo Blanco
Herndon is located in California
Location in California
Herndon is located in the United States
Herndon (the United States)
Coordinates: 36°50′12″N 119°55′03″W / 36.83667°N 119.91750°W / 36.83667; -119.91750
CountryUnited States
CountyFresno County
Elevation299 ft (91 m)

Herndon (formerly, Sycamore) is an unincorporated community in Fresno County, California.[1] It is located 9 miles (14 km) northwest of downtown Fresno,[2] at an elevation of 299 feet (91 m).[1]


Herndon began as a steamboat landing on the San Joaquin River called Sycamore Point. It was the year round head of navigation on that river. Sycamore Point was where the steamboats landed supplies for Fort Miller and later the town of Millerton. There was also a ferry on the river near the location from the 1860s until the 1880s. The settlement grew around Sycamore Station after the railroad built a bridge over the river nearby into the town of Sycamore in 1872. The first town post office, was called Palo Blanco while it lasted from September 3, 1872 to September 4, 1873.[3] The failure of an irrigation project crippled the growth of the town. It was not until 1887 that the Herndon post office opened and closed in 1893, and re-opened in 1907.[2][3][4]:201[5]:279


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Herndon, California
  2. ^ a b Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 1046. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ a b Frickstad, Walter N., A Century of California Post Offices 1848-1954, Philatelic Research Society, Oakland, CA. 1955, Pages 30-39
  4. ^ Wallace W. Elliot, History of Fresno County, California: With Illustrations from Original Drawings ... with Biographical Sketches, Wallace W. Elliot & Co., San Francisco, 1882; reprinted by Valley Publishers, Fresno, 1973.
  5. ^ Paul E. Vandor, History of Fresno County, California: With Biographical Sketches, Volume 1, Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, 1919