The Good Life - Travel, Leisure & Fun for South Valley Adults


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 By Terry Ommen    History 

Farmersville - An Old Town with an Interesting Past

Tulare County is a big county with about a half million people living within its boundaries. Many live in the eight incorporated cities. One is Farmersville, which happens to be one... — Updated 1/10/2022

 By Terry Ommen    History

Mysterious 'Black Bart' Pays Visalia A Visit

Charles E. Boles liked stagecoaches. In fact, he liked them so much that for at least eight years he was in the stagecoach business earning some $50,000. Not bad considering that... — Updated 11/10/2021

 By Terry Ommen    History

Inside the Visalia Ransacker Investigation

The Program: At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29, at the Ponderosa Lecture Hall on the campus of College of the Sequoias, a free program sponsored by Visalia Heritage and the... — Updated 9/16/2021

 By Terry Ommen    History

Farm Labor and Linnell Camp

It's no secret that agriculture is king in Tulare County. It always has been. Rich soil, favorable climate, plenty of water, good farming practices, and hard-working laborers all... — Updated 7/9/2021

 By Terry Ommen    History

Alaskan Dog Team Comes to Visalia

The Big Creek Project in the Sierra Nevada east of Fresno is one of the early 20th century marvels. The undertaking required massive engineering, large amounts of capital and many y... — Updated 5/1/2021

 By Terry Ommen    History

The Life and Mysterious Death of William Clough

Some called him eccentric, while others saw him as a preacher, miner and explorer. Actually, William O. Clough (pronounced like "tough") was all those and more. He was a likeable ma... — Updated 3/3/2021

 By Terry Ommen    History

The Strathmore Bank Robber - Frozen with Fear

Tucked between Lindsay and Porterville lies the little community of Strathmore. It owes its beginning to the Southern Pacific Railroad and also the rich farm land that surrounds it... — Updated 1/13/2021

 By Terry Ommen    History

When Cattle Were Put on a Short Leash

It was inevitable...the two sides were going to clash! The cattlemen were first to come to the Tulare Valley, now called the San Joaquin, and were very pleased with the abundant... — Updated 11/1/2020

 By Terry Ommen    History

The Battle of the Bottle

It has been called shepherd's delight, a social lubricant and even the nectar of the gods. But despite this collection of pleasing sounding names, there have been others not nearly... — Updated 10/11/2020

 By Terry Ommen    History

Nelson's Camp Became Camp Nelson

The Sierra Nevada has provided people with beauty and escape for hundreds, if not thousands of years. John Muir called the 400-mile-long, 70-mile-wide mountain chain the "Range of... — Updated 7/24/2020

 By Terry Ommen    History

George Stockton Berry and His Harvester

The San Joaquin Valley has long been known for its highly productive agricultural land. Mention the valley and many people automatically think "bread basket." Tulare County is one... — Updated 5/10/2020

 By Terry Ommen    History

Great Depression Brings Community Together

Many people have heard of the nightmare of the 1930s called the Great Depression. Our country, in fact most of the world, was hit by a devastating economic downturn, and many... — Updated 4/18/2020

 By Terry Ommen    History

Hare Today Gone Tomorrow, Traver's Pesky Jackrabbit Problem

In its heyday, the little town of Traver had quite a reputation - not just for one thing, but several. Huge amounts of wheat were shipped by rail from there and as a result the... — Updated 4/10/2020

 By Terry Ommen    History

Goshen - The Land of Promise

There is something special about the little town of Goshen and I believe much of its uniqueness is connected to its history. When the railroad pushed its way through the San... — Updated 2/19/2020

 By Terry Ommen    History

The Short and Exciting Life of Havilah - Land of Gold

Before Kern County began in 1866, much of the area within its current boundaries was part of Tulare County. One of those areas was the mountainous region lying between the Kern... — Updated 9/2/2019

 By Terry Ommen    History

Staging in the San Joaquin Valley

The stagecoach was a common mode of transportation in the southern San Joaquin Valley in the 19th century. For the most part, it served its purpose in getting a traveler from one pl... — Updated 8/11/2019

 By Terry Ommen    History

Harnessing the Kaweah River

In 1850, Lt. George Derby, a topographical engineer with the U.S. Army, and his party explored the Tulare Valley (now called the San Joaquin Valley) looking for a good site for a... — Updated 6/11/2019

 By Terry Ommen    History

The Man Who Made History - Literally

Thomas Hinckley Thompson was born in Dundee, Illinois on October 1, 1841. During his life, this bright and talented man did many things and did them all well. He was an engineer,... — Updated 5/28/2019

 By Terry Ommen    History

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... — Updated 10/9/2017

 By Terry Ommen    History

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... — Updated 10/9/2017

 By Terry Ommen    History

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... — Updated 7/26/2017

 By Terry Ommen    History

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... — Updated 2/27/2017


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... — Updated 1/1/2017


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... — Updated 10/27/2016

 By Terry Ommen    History

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 co... — Updated 8/28/2016


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