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The native Yokuts living throughout Tulare County and the south Central Valley were skilled weavers.

PORTERVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The Porterville Chamber is a non-profit organization of business and professional people committed to the betterment of their community through economic development and a strong, healthy business environment. These members of the community volunteer their labor and talent as an organized group, because they recognize that… ‘We can do together, what no one can do alone.’ And, together as the Porterville Chamber, they are “People Promoting Business for the Benefit of the Community.”

Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park – In 1908, a group of African-Americans, led by Col. Allen Allensworth, founded a town that would combine pride of ownership, equality of opportunity and high ideals. Today, the California Department of Parks and Recreation is committed to the town’s renaissance as a living example of the American spirit. A modest but growing assemblage of restored and reconstructed buildings marks the location of the state park near Earlimart. A schoolhouse, Baptist church, businesses, homes, hotel, library and other structures symbolize one man’s dream of an independent, democratic town where African-Americans could live in control of their destinies. Special events include an annual rededication and Old Time Jubilee.

parks.ca.gov/allensworth

Charter Oak – About 7 miles east of Visalia is a large valley oak tree that, according to legend, was used as shade for the first voters in Tulare County. The election was held on July 10, 1852, and, rather than meet in John Wood’s cabin, officials moved the polling place under this tree to escape the heat.

Kaweah Post Office – In 1910, a small post office was built in the Kaweah settlement near what is now Three Rivers. Only 10 feet by 12 feet in size, this rustic building is one of the smallest operating post offices in the United States. It continues to serve the community, and its beginnings can be traced to the colonists who lived in a utopian community nearby.

Tailholt – Two cemeteries and a monument are about all that remain of this old gold-mining camp just 10 miles east of Delano. Later renamed White River, Tailholt got its start around 1865. Two cemeteries were established so respect- able folk wouldn’t be buried alongside camp ruffians. For information about this state historical landmak, click here.

Zalud House – A nostalgic glimpse into the past, the Zalud House, built in 1891, is one of the few houses of that era that has not been remodeled. From the time it was built in Porterville, only the Zalud family lived there, and it’s now one of the few museums in the nation furnished entirely with the owner’s possessions. Visitors can sign up for “paranormal” tours of the house, which is listed in the National Historical Registry of Old Houses and the National Register of Historic Places

ci.porterville.ca.us/depts/ParksandLeisure/zaludhouse.cfm

Visalia Walking Tour – Take the self-guided, 45-minute tour through downtown Visalia for some exercise and a surprising look at Visalia’s fascinating history. Learn about Little White School, a historic stage coach stop, famous performers, jail breaks, trains, Visalia’s pioneering role in electrical power, Fort Visalia and more.

VisitVisalia.com

Heritage Square – The White House is a 1912 family home (later used to house teachers after World War II and the Depot Museum) and the Southern Pacific Railroad office (built in 1888 when the railroad was extended from Fresno to Visalia, and used until 1978) are two of the Heritage Square structures in Dinuba, housing cultural and historic artifacts of the Alta District (northeast Tulare County).

AltaDistrictHistoricalSociety.org

California Hot Springs Resort – East of Ducor, this historic resort is celebrating the 100th year of its commercial pool being open to the public. Development began in 1882 and by 1920, visitors were enjoying a hotel, pool and therapeutic center. A 1932 fire destroyed the hotel, and the commercial center burned in 1968. The property was abandoned until Ronald and Mary Gilbert bought and restored the facility, reopening in 1985 for people from all over the world to enjoy the naturally pure hot springs water.

CAHotSprings.com

The native Yokuts living throughout Tulare County and the south Central Valley were skilled weavers.

Colonel Allen Allensworth

Kaweah Post Office

Zalud House

Fun Fact: In 1908, Colonel Allen Allensworth established the first town in California to be founded, financed and governed by African-Americans.