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The Swedish village of Kingsburg, California is in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley in Fresno County.
This guide has information about Kingsburg's past and present.
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Names of Kingsburg

Kingsburg started out as a flag stop on the Central Pacific Railroad called Kings River Switch.

In 1874 Kingsburg was called Wheatville and had a post office, later that year they changed the name to Kingsbury. 

During this time period Josiah Draper and Andrew Farley each owned a quarter section, about 160 acres, Draper on the east side of the railroad tracks and Farley on the west side of the tracks.  So it was suggested that the east side be called Drapersville and the west side called Farleyville.

Two years after that it became Kingsburgh and it January 1894 it finally became Kingsburg.


Historical Society

This wooden carving of a Viking sits on the corner of Marion and Draper Street

Kingsburg Historical Society
P.O. Box 282
Kingsburg, CA 93631

City Hall

1401 Draper Street,
Kingsburg, CA 93631
(559) 897-5821

  • City of Kingsburg  
    This is the webpage for the City Hall located at 1401 Draper Street in downtown Kingsburg. The webpage lists what's happening today, crime prevention, and city hall meetings as well as other helpful links. The city hall can be reached at 559-897-5821.

Chamber of Commerce

1475 Draper Street 
Kingsburg, CA 93631-1908
(559) 897-1111

Kingsburg Facts

Historical Park

The sources listed below have population and location information:

Kingsburg Library

The mural on the library building has five panels, totaling over sixty-two feel in width.  It depicts the olympic gold medalist Rafer Johnson who attended Kingsburg High School; a Hispanic student, a swedish family, and young people reading in the library and finally the importance of the local newspaper to the community.

1399 Draper Street
Kingsburg, CA 93631
(559) 897-3710

Books on Kingsburg

Large Art in Small Places

This mural tells about the Making of Kingsburg and is on the corner of Draper and Smith.  It was created by a high school art theacher and her students.  Much of the art in Kingsburg is in the book Lage Art in Small Places.  Kingsburg is not the only city with murals in the San Joaquin Valley.

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Welcome to Kingsburg

  • The Kingsburg Recorder
    This online version of the Kingsburg Recorder has a wealth of local information.
  • The Selma Enterprise
    Selma is only six miles away from Kingsburg. Selma is the raisin capital of the world because of the Sun-Maid company which has been in business since 1912. It is a huge cooperative that is owned by family farmers. In the late summer workers harvest the grapes and lay them out on paper in the vineyards to dry naturally in the sun.
  • The Hanford Sentinel  
    The Hanford Sentinel is owned by Lee Enterprises in Davenport, Iowa and is the parent newspaper for this part of the San Joaquin Valley.
  • Lemoore News
    Even though Lemoore has a Naval Air Station, an Indian Casino called Tachi Palace, and twice the population of Kingsburg, it does not have its own newspaper. The news is presented as part of the Hanford Sentinel.
  • Map of cities covered by newspaper company
Contact: Joanne Hodder

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