Fresno, California - in Central California, is the fifth largest city in California, and the largest inland city in California. It's located in the center of the
San Joaquin Valley, approximately 200 miles (320 km) north of Los Angeles, and 170 miles (270 km) south of the state capitol, Sacramento.
The name 'Fresno' is Spanish for ash tree and an ash leaf is featured on the city's flag. In the 1970s, the city was the subject of a song, 'Walking into Fresno,' written by Hall Of Fame guitarist Bill Aken and recorded by Bob Gallion of the world-famous "WWVA Jamboree" radio and television show in Wheeling, West Virginia. Aken, adopted by Mexican movie actress Lupe Mayorga, grew up in the neighboring town of Madera and his song chronicled the hardships faced by the migrant farm workers he saw as a child. Aken also made his first TV appearance playing guitar on the old country-western show at The Fresno Barn. Fictional residents of the town were portrayed in a 1986 comedic mini series titled "Fresno," featuring Carol Burnett, Dabney Coleman, Teri Garr and Charles Grodin, along with numerous other celebrities. The miniseries was presented as a parody of the prime time soap operas popular in the 1980s.