History

Visalia’s Long History of Jailbreaks

Visalia’s Long History of Jailbreaks

There is something about being locked up in a jail cell that makes the person inside want to get out. Maybe it’s the small space, the loss of freedom, an irritating cellmate or a combination, but the urge to depart can often be strong.
The Horse that Dazzled at Theatre Visalia

The Horse that Dazzled at Theatre Visalia

Early Visalians loved to be enter-tained. Whether it was children singing and dancing for their parents at a school program, adults donning costumes for a fancy ball or street performers prying a grin from a passerby, Visalia has always been a welcoming place for those willing to make other people smile.
Visalia Electric Railroad—A Shaky Start to an Electrifying Experience

Visalia Electric Railroad—A Shaky Start to an Electrifying Experience

Visalia has had railroad service since 1874, when the residents, disappointed by being cut off from the newly created Southern Pacific line, built a connecting railroad between Goshen and Visalia and called it the Visalia Railroad Company. Other railroads followed, like the Visalia-Tulare Railroad, the Southern Pacific and another line that would become the Santa Fe.
Old Rivals Unite, Creating the Visalia Times-Delta

Old Rivals Unite, Creating the Visalia Times-Delta

Although Visalia cannot lay claim to having the first newspaper in California, it had the first in the southern San Joaquin Valley.
When Visalia Was Home to the Tulare County Hospital

When Visalia Was Home to the Tulare County Hospital

For the first few years of Tulare County’s existence, there were no hospitals. The sick were cared for at home by loved ones, who oftentimes used old family remedies passed down through generations. If a doctor was available, the lucky patient might get a visit or two.