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Kings County History

History of Tulare and Kings Counties, California
History by Eugene L. Menefee and Fred A. Dodge
Historic Record Company - Los Angeles, California, 1913

 

Chapters 1 - 19 are in the Tulare County History section.

CHAPTER XX. - THE ORGANIZATION OF KINGS COUNTY   174

Creation and Organization of the County—Received Its Name from Kings River—The Division Fight a Feature of the Session of 1892-93—Area of the County.

CHAPTER XXI. - LUCERNE VALLEY   178

Mussel Slough Rechristened Lucerne Valley—The Founding of the Hanford Weekly Sentinel.

CHAPTER XXII. - EARLY COUNTY POLITICS   179

Political Organization of Kings County—First Election Called—Parties in Action—Setting Up Housekeeping—No County Building—County Without Funds—First Tax Rate Fixed—County Elections.

CHAPTER XXIII. - IRRIGATION   192

Beginning of Irrigation in Kings County—Pioneers in the Venture—Settlers' Ditch—Last Chance—Lakeland Canal and Irrigation Company —Blakeley Ditch—Kings Canal and Irrigation Company—Rainfall for Twenty-one Years.

CHAPTER XXIV. - EXIT AND RETURN OF TULARE LAKE   200

An Interesting Natural Phenomenon—Original Area of Lake—Swamp and Overflow Land Act—"Lakelanders"--Lake Disappears in 1895—Water Returns and Grain Is Destroyed.

CHAPTER XXV. - RAILROADS   202

San Joaquin Valley Railroad Company—Its Promoters—Upbuilding Influence of Improved Transportation Facilities.

CHAPTER XXVI. - DAIRY INDUSTRY   207

Dairying in County Dates from 1889—Co-operative Company Formed—Factories Built—Alfalfa-Raising and Cheese-Making—Butter-Making--­County Has Five Incorporated Creameries.

CHAPTER XXVII. - CITY OF HANFORD   209

City Laid Out in 1877—Named After James Hanford—Officers of City From 1891 to 1913—Hanford of Today—Vanishing of the Saloons--­Churches—Schools of Kings County—Free Public Library.

CHAPTER XXVIII. - LEMOORE   219

Location and Population—Its Founder—Early Settlers—Coming of Railroad—Churches and Public Buildings—Industries.

CHAPTER XXIX. - EVOLUTION OF THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY   220

Address by John G. Covert Upon History of the Valley—First Seen by White Men in 1772—Mount Diablo—Valley Begins to Attract Attention in 1849—Cattle Raising First Industry—Wheat Farming Follows—Area of Valley—Oil Fields—Improvement in Railroad Facilities.