Mooney Grove Park & Tulare County Museum :)
Nestled amid the old stately oak trees of Mooney Grove Park is the Tulare County Museum.
The museum was erected in 1948 .The museum interior houses a number of exhibits among them military uniforms and weaponry, mining equipment, farming tools, antique toys, ancient office equipment and items celebrating the defunct Visalia Electric Railroad.
The museum also houses collections of Yokuts basketry, Cradle boards, gambling trays, cooking and feasting baskets and a 30,000 year old mammoth tusk found in Woodville, CA.
Located in the museum are the Main Street are old cars, washers and bathtubs along with a view into the offices and equipment once used by doctors, dentists, grocers and barbers.The guns displayed include pieces from the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and a weapon once owned by the notorious train robber Chris Evans.
The most popular exhibit is the red caboose which belonged to the Visalia Electric Railroad line until 1942 and for children and adults alike it a source of joy and interest.
The Cramer House is a ranch style home once located in an area north of Springville and it is one of the oldest homes in Tulare County. Built in the 1860's the Cramer house once a stopping ground for stage coaches as well as a post office, it is rumored to have been a hiding place of the infamous outlaws Frank and Jesse James.
The LaMotte School, built April 8, 1894. Thirty years after it closed the school house was relocated to the Pioneer Village.
The museum also has Visalia's first city jail, the Ducor Women's Civic Clubhouse, antique farm wagons, tractors and tools, a bear trap and a log cabin thought to be the oldest homestead still in existence in Tulare County. Not to mention an extensive collection of wagons and carts used for delivering mail and transporting vacationers to the Sequoia National Park. Mooney Grove Park has been a popular Park for decades. I remember numerous Family Reunions, Birthday Parties, and Celebrations of various event's :)
On weekends the park offers bicycles and surreys for rent as well as boats for a ride on the pond and everyday the End of the Trail statue and the Boy Scout Cabin are available for public viewing.
Visalia-The Gateway to the Sequoia National Park
"Visalia - quiet and relaxed"
Visalia is known as the city of oaks and gateway to the Sequoias. The community is friendly and it is where agriculture (especially), arts and recreation are abound. Located in the middle of California's agricultural heartland, Visalia is only a three-hour drive from Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento and within one-hour drive to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park. Visalia is home to many fine restaurants and contemporary boutiques and the charm of downtown reflects the city's commitment to maintaining the quality of life, community spirit and retail health of the city. Visalia offers beautiful Fruit-/Blosson-/ or Farm-Tours that are just amazing and fun. If you are looking forward to some outdoor/eco-friendly activity, here you go!!!! Have fun in Visalia.
"Sequoia National Park"
You can begin the day with an early breakfast at one of Visalia’s finest café’s or restaurants. Driving east on Hwy 198, you will enter the community of Three Rivers with its charming shops, restaurants and businesses nestled the highway and river. At the Sequoia National Park entrance, Hwy 198 ends and the road becomes the General’s Highway. A few miles past the park entrance, stop at the Foothills Visitors Center. You will find a wealth of information as well as park related books, souvenirs and gifts. You can purchase tickets here for the Crystal Cave Tour; see the stalactites and stalagmites as you journey deep inside this fascinating cave. Really fascinating tour! Continue on to Giant Forest, one of the world’s largest giant sequoia groves. Visit the Giant Forest Museum to learn more about these majestic giants. Take the Crescent Meadow - Moro Rock Road and climb the steps to Moro Rock for it’s breathtaking backcountry views. You can drive onto a fallen giant, and under Tunnel Log for fun and photo opportunities. The walk around Crescent Meadow includes a close look at Tharp’s cabin. After you return to the General’s Highway, their next stop is the General Sherman Tree, the world’s largest tree. (Note: Not the tallest, the LARGEST in volume). The trailhead for the Congress Trail is nearby; it is an easy two-mile walk that loops around the forest. Lodging is available in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks and Sequoia National Forest.