Incorporated in August of 1891, is a rather small community of just about 50,000 located exactly half way between Los Angeles, and San Francisco. One of the differences in this San Joaquin valley community is that due to it being a one of the lowest elevations in the area, it gets more fog than the surrounding towns. Tule fog here can be near zero feet visibility from 7pm to noon during some periods of winter. The annual rainfall is only about 9 inches. Summer often sees temperatures above the one hundred degree mark. Agricultural farming is the main industry. Amtrak has a station here providing rail service to Los Angeles to the south and Sacramento and San Francisco to the north. The Kings County Fair is held each July in Hanford, and they hold a large Renaissance fair in the Courthouse square the first weekend in October. There are way too many old buildings and businesses to see in this clean, vibrant community. One of fine example is the Arcade Building on 6th Street which was erected in 1893. It houses the Star Restaurant, which opened back in 1901 and is still serving meals in the same location today. And next door is the Artworks, a slightly more recent addition to the same building, that offers not only fresh food and softdrinks from around the world but an array of the most unusual cards, and unique gifts ideas to be found.
This town is basically the center of the Agricultural Industry in the world. The World Ag Expo is held here each February and draws larger and larger crowds and representatives from all over…
A smaller city in central California near the center of the San Joaquin Valley, Visalia is the throbbing heart of this part of the countryside, just under 200 miles north of Las Angeles and o…