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 By Terry Ommen    History    September 1, 2017 

Sequoia National Park-The Race to the Big Trees

In this part of the San Joaquin Valley, it's easy to take the word "Sequoia" for granted. After all, the famous national park is in our backyard and the word is used everywhere. It can be found on...

 
 By Terry Ommen    History    July 1, 2017

Famous Showman Had His Start in Tulare County

He was a western man through and through. Lean in frame, he stood 6'5" and wore buckskin clothing. He was a crack shot, an expert on horseback and when performing, he made rodeo fans cheer with...

 
 By Terry Ommen    History    May 1, 2017

The Pixley Eucalyptus Experiment Goes Bust

One of the groves of eucalyptus owned by the Eucalyptus Timber Corporation. Circa 1911. John McCubbin standing by his tree. Circa 1926. (Photo courtesy of the Reedley Museum.) The David Douglass tree...

 
 By Terry Ommen    History    March 1, 2017

Tulare County Gets Exposure at the Exposition

The Panama-Pacific International Exposition was by most accounts one of the most successful events in California history. The ten-month fair was held in 1915 and during its 288-day run, 19 million...

 

The Mt. Whitney Club - Open to an Exclusive Few

The mountains of eastern Tulare County are a series of peaks and valleys known as the Sierra Nevada. Named by the Spanish, the 400-mile long chain translates into "snow-covered mountain range." This...

 

From Tulare County Traffic Squad to the CHP

When the automobile first appeared in Tulare County in the early 1900s, it was pretty clear that the county was in for a big dose of the Wild West. The roads, if you could call them that, were built...

 

The Deadly Pixley Cotton Strike

As the amount of irrigated land in California increased in the early 1900s, so did the need for farm workers. The workers came, and unionization soon followed. Job actions became common and between 19...

 
 By Terry Ommen    History    July 1, 2016

Tulare County Claims Famous Statue

Tulare County is known for many things including high mountains, rich agricultural land and giant sequoias, but as a rule it is not known for art. However, there is one exception -Tulare County is hom...

 
 By Terry Ommen    History    May 1, 2016

The Garden of Eden Had Its Critics

There's no question about it, the beautiful land that became Visalia was a travel agent's dream. Situated in a huge oak forest with meandering streams, native grasses and wild flowers, and abundant...

 
 By Terry Ommen    History    January 1, 2016

The Wire Comes to Visalia

In the mid-19th century, communication with the outside world for little remote settlements in California was a challenge. Mail delivery was slow and important news would take weeks or even months to...

 

The Phantom Tulare Lake

Beginning about two million years ago, our valley was home to a huge freshwater lake. For hundreds – perhaps thousands – of years, it provided native people with food, and for a much shorter...

 
 By Terry Ommen    History    July 1, 2015

Famous Suffragists Pack Hall in Visalia

As they traveled from town to town, the two famous advocates passionately pushed for women's right to vote. Because of their celebrity status, they made news everywhere they went, and on a fall...

 
 By Terry Ommen    History    May 1, 2015

The Raid on Kingston

The little outpost began as Whitmore's Ferry on the Kings River. It later made a name for itself as a stage stop on Butterfield's Overland mail line in the 1850s. By 1861, when the 2,800-mile St....

 
 By Terry Ommen    History    January 1, 2015

Visalia Becomes the Tulare County Seat

The Tulare County election of 1853 marked the beginning of the end for the tiny settlement of Woodsville. When Tulare County was formed from the southern section of Mariposa County in 1852,...

 

Lt. Derby Explores Tulare Valley

George Horatio Derby was a brilliant man whose short 38 years of life was packed with adventure and accomplishment. During his life, this West Point graduate was a newspaper journalist, topographical...

 
 By Terry Ommen    History    August 15, 2014

The Mussel Slough Tragedy

The settlers of Mussel Slough had worked hard to make their farmland some of the best in Tulare County. They dug miles of irrigation ditches and built homes, barns and roads, turning arid ground into...

 
 By Terry Ommen    History    June 15, 2014

Making Tracks into Tulare County

Long before the golden spike was driven at Promontory, Utah in 1869, the people of Tulare County had their eyes on railroad transportation. Compared to buggies, iron horses offered easy travel, and co...

 
 By Terry Ommen    History    April 1, 2014

The Emergence of Kings County

In 1852, nearly 25,000 square miles of land on the south end of Mariposa County was carved off creating Tulare County. The new county's boundaries stretched from the Los Angeles County line on the sou...

 

Stagecoach Days and Ways

In 1850, when California became the 31st state in the union, it was isolated and far from the population centers to the east. Mail service was slow, and the steamships delivering precious cargo...

 

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