Introduction to Porterville, California
Porterville, California, in Tulare county, is 23 miles SE of Visalia, California (center to center) and 63 miles SE of Fresno, California. The city is situated in the beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills. It includes a large Hispanic population. A large number of the county's jobs are based in agriculture. Dairy, citrus, grapes, nuts, olives and stone fruits are some of the area's significant products. National Vitamin, Standard Registers, Beckman Instruments and Sierra Pacific Apparel have facilities in Porterville. It's home to the Sequoia National Forest Headquarters.
Gold seekers passed through Porterville after the discovery of gold in California in 1848. Some pioneers decided to stay in Porterville and establish farms due to the rich soil. The town featured a prominent store which sold goods to the region's gold miners and the Indians. In 1860 Royal Porter Putnam arrived to manage the Tule River Station. The city is named in tribute to him. In 1888 the Southern Pacific Railway reached Porterville. The town was incorporated in 1902 after miners arrived to extract the region's magnetite ore.
- Barn Theater.
- Historic Main Street includes a wide variety of shops, restaurants and galleries.
- Porterville Fair.
- Porterville Multicultural Art Center.
- Zalud House Museum is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
- Porterville Historical Museum features Yokuts Indian relics and artifacts from the early pioneers.
- Cinco de Mayo Celebration.
- Community Festival.
Lake Success is a popular destination for fishing, boating, water skiing, camping and picnicking. Murray Park is a scenic location. The River Island Country Club, Porterville Municipal Golf Course and the nearby Sierra View Golf Course are popular with golf enthusiasts. The Eagle Mountain Casino is nearby.
The region includes numerous scenic hiking trails including the Atwell Hockett, Black Mountain, Deer Creek, High Sierra and the Sheep Creek trails. The Kaweah River and Kings River provide opportunities for whitewater paddling. Bravo, Kaweah and Heron lakes are close by. The Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park is a popular destination for residents and tourists.