In November 1852, a small group of settlers arrived about a block from our location and established a log fort, named as Fort Visalia.
(A commemorative marker is just east of our restaurant at Oak Avenue and Garden Street.) An adventurous traveler, Nathaniel Vise, claimed much of the land that is now downtown Visalia.
He never finalized the acquisition, but because of his early holdings, the settlement took on the name of Visalia. That was a reflection of
the town of Visalia, Kentucky, named for hisfamily. Tulare County was formed in 1852, andin 1853, voters chose Visalia as the county