San Joaquin's Gurdwara Just Became Fresno County's First Sikh Historical Landmark

Members of the Sikh community put together their earnings in order to purchase the building that is now their place of w...

A Sikh [gurdwara] in the small town of San Joaquin is now a historical landmark. The Fresno County Board of Supervisors made it official Tuesday. It’s the third Sikh historical landmark in California, but the first in Fresno County. 

The San Joaquin Gurdwara was created in the early 1980s. Members of the Sikh community put together their earnings in order to purchase the building that is now their place of worship...

...More than a dozen [gurdwara] members attended the meeting. Among them was founding member Gurbinder Dhaliwal. He says creating the [gurdwara] was a necessity back in the '80s when many Sikhs were working in San Joaquin. 

"So everybody was working there and we felt the need so we started gathering. Then we realized there was no Sikh Punjabi [gurdwara] from Stockton to Bakersfield," Dhaliwal said. 

Although there are many more Sikh [gurdwaras] in the Valley now, the San Joaquin Gurdwara is being recognized as the first.

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