For over two decades Terry Ommen has researched Tulare County history and has covered a broad range of local historical topics. However, as a career lawman he has a special interest in the early peace officers and the “badmen” who gave these men with badges so much grief. He has written hundreds of local history columns and articles in publications including Lifestyle Magazine. In addition, he authored a book called Then & Now Visalia, Wild Tulare County and wrote Christ Lutheran Church, A Gathering Place for a Half Century. In addition to his writing and research, he enjoys spending time and traveling with his wife of 41 years Laraine, daughter Lyndsay, son-in-law Chad and grandchildren Maggie and Lars.
For more than a century, Visalia’s Courthouse Square was a bustling hub of community activity. Bounded by Court, Church, Center and Oak streets, this one square block area attracted people from throughout the county.