Experience the Charm of Old Town Clovis

The town of Clovis was pioneered by the vision of Marcus Pollasky who along with a group of prominent Fresnans raised over $100,000 in 1891 to build a single freight stop along the San Joaquin Valley Railroad, opening a gateway from the San Joaquin Valley to the east. At the same time an entrepreneurial group of lumbermen from Michigan began purchasing acres of lumber in the mountains to the east. A dam was built, creating Shaver Lake, and a flume to carry the harvested lumber into Clovis was developed. Clovis quickly became this bustling lumber mill and, along with this burgeoning industry, came hundreds of jobs, retail and service businesses, saloons and entertainment. Incorporated in 1912, Clovis downtown became a thriving center of activity, its streets named in honor of the founders of the railroad. The roots for a Clovis Way of Life were firmly planted in this western town.

OldTownClovisDrayThe traditions and values of Clovis remained steadfast throughout the years, even though the downtown area fell on hard times, unable to compete with the new suburban shopping centers. Recalling its resilience of the past, and relying on the vision of its founders, Clovis rose from the rubble and fought back with a meticulous renovation to the downtown area including cobblestone intersections, old fashioned street lamps and picturesque store fronts.Proud of its western heritage, the Old Town Clovis of today boasts a small town atmosphere combining the richness of the past with the amenities of today. Fine dining, comfortable cafes and coffee shops, treasure filled antique stores and gift shops, and eclectic shopping dot the landscape of the beautifully maintained streets of Old Town Clovis.

  • Enjoy an adventurous journey into the past and uncover history behind many of the homes and buildings with a walking tour of Old Town Clovis. Click here (courtesy of City of Clovis) for a brochure.
  • Visit the Clovis Big Dry Creek Historical Society Museum to discover more about us, including details of the 1925 robbery of the First National Bank of Clovis!
  • Ready to venture out a little? Click here (courtesy of City of Clovis) for the Nature’s Trails brochure. Drive, bicycle, or walk scenic trails from Old Town Clovis to the Blossom Trail, the San Joaquin River, the Sierra Wilderness, Yosemite National Park and more!

In 2016 the Clovis Independent featured a series of articles by one of the original B.O.O.T Founders, Larry Gamble. This is an interesting and important expository and a MUST READ for Old Town Clovis history buffs!

Article one: “The Beginnings of Old Town Clovis”

Article two: “Clovis Leaders Had a Vision for Old Town” 

Article three: “The Origins of Old Town’s Architectural Design”

Article four: “Scale Models of Old Town Clovis Brought Vision to Life” 

Article five: “The Merchants of Clovis— How B.O.O.T. was Formed”

Article six: “The Great Clovis Caucus—First of Many Events”

Article seven: “Old Town Clovis Continues Thrives Thanks to Community Events and Organization”