Historic Sites and Points of Interest in Kings County

Farm in San Joaquin Valley, California
San Joaquin Valley

  Kings River in the San Joaquin Valley
Kings River
Both Photos 24 June 2006

Kings County is located in the San Joaquin Valley.

An 1805 expedition, probably led by Spanish Army Lieutenant Gabriel Moraga, discovered a river, which the expedition named El Rio de los Santos Reyes (River of the Holy Kings) after the Three Wise Men of the Bible. When the United States claimed California in 1848, the new government changed the name to Kings River.

Kings County was formed in 1893 from the western part of Tulare County. In 1909, 208 square miles of Fresno County land was added to Kings County.

Settlers reclaimed Tulare Lake and its wetlands for agricultural development. In surface area, Tulare Lake had been the largest body of freshwater west of the Great Lakes, and it supported a large population of migratory birds as well as local birds and wildlife. Monoculture has sharply reduced habitat for many species.

In 1928, oil was discovered in the Kettleman Hills located in the southwestern part of Kings County. The Kettleman North Dome Oil Field became one of the most productive oil fields in the United States.

Source: Wikipedia

Name Address City Year Authority ID Sort Address Sort Name
El Adobe de los Robles Rancho10036 19 1/2 Avenue At Lacy Boulevard; Three Miles North of LemooreLemoore1856California206 Avenue 19 10036El Adobe de los Robles Rancho
Hanford Carnegie Library109 East 8th StreetHanford1906National1981000152 Street 08 E 109Hanford Carnegie Library
Hanford IOOF Building108 East 8th Street Hanford1905POI Street 08 E 108Hanford IOOF Building
Kings County Courthouse114 West 8th StreetHanford1897National1978003063 Street 08 W 114Kings County Courthouse
KingstonKingston Park on Douglas Avenue; 1.1 Miles Southwest of Laton Laton 1856California270Kingston ParkKingston
Mussel Slough Tragedy5833 14th Avenue Between Everett and ElderHardwick1880California245 Avenue 14 5833Mussel Slough Tragedy
Taoist Temple12 China AlleyHanford1893National1972000226China 012Taoist Temple
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