You’re standing just behind the yellow pedestrian walkway
marker on the sidewalk facing south, right where the red “X”
It’s hard to visualize the Fair Oaks Village before the Sunrise
Bridge and Sunrise Blvd were constructed, but we’ll give it
a shot. Follow us on the 1947 map at left to see what Fair Oaks
looked like from 1902 to 1954.
You can see the old Fair Oaks Bridge at the bottom middle of the map, the
only entrance to the Village on the south. Autos, wagons
and the Fair Oaks Stage would drive from the railroad station
up Bridge Street (directly across from you) and into town (A).
The main street was then named Howard Street. The
diagonal street to the left was Wilson Street, and was torn up
to be replaced by Sunrise Blvd. Howard Street
curves south and then west going past the Fair Oaks Feed
and Fuel Quonset hut buildings (currently the minimart block
to California Ave). There are remnants of Howard Street
behind the Sports Bar and across Sunrise just south of the
current Fair Oaks Blvd crossing.
On the hill to the south were the Federated Church and the
Woman's Thursday Club building, both torn down about the time
Sunrise Blvd was built in the 1950's but clearly marked on
the 1947 map.