city, seat (1853) of Tulare county, south-central California, U.S. It lies on the Kaweah River delta in the San Joaquin Valley, 42 miles (68 km) southeast of Fresno. Founded in 1852 by Nathaniel Vise, it developed as an agricultural (olives, grapes, cotton) and livestock-shipping centre, now supplemented by light manufacturing (printing equipment, electronic components, metal products). The city is the site of the Central California Chinese Cultural Center, which includes a museum and a Confucian temple. Tulare County Mooney Grove Museum, with displays of American Indian artifacts, is located in Visalia's Mooney Grove Park. A community college was established in the city in 1925. Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks lie to the east and northeast. Inc. town, 1874; city, 1923. Pop. (1990) city, 75,636; Visalia-Tulare-Porterville MSA, 311,921; (2000) city, 91,565; Visalia-Tulare-Porterville MSA, 368,021.
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