Before any towns existed within Kings County, a handful of pioneers called it home.
The Landmark tree, a huge sycamore located on Lacey Boulevard near Avenue 18-3/4, stood as a beacon to guide early settlers over the otherwise barren valley floor. Cattlemen and gold miners initially settled along the Kings river; and farmers, storekeepers and oilmen later followed.
In 1877, the tracks of the Southern Pacific Railroad brought additional growth and new arrivals from around the world.
In 1893, local voters approved the formation of a new county when a portion of Northern Tulare county was divided to form Kings County.
Today, Kings County combines its relation with it's colorful past history with a optimistic and enthusiastic vision for it's future.
County Seat: Hanford
Population: 154, 434
per Square Mile: 104.05
Assessed Value: $5.9 Billion
Area (Square Miles): 1,391
Northern & Santa Fe, Union Pacific & San Joaquin Valley Railroad.
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5, Highway 41, Highway 43 & Highway 198
County Elevation: 175
feet above sea level at Tulare Lake to 3500 feet above sea
level at the Kings County/Monterey County Boundary.
Harvested Crop Acreage: 655,132
Ownership: 4009 Acres
Farmland: 749,100 Acres
Ownership of Land (acres):
State - 4,015.99
County - 1.421.61
Local Agencies - 3,587.01
length of growing season: 257
date of last spring frost: March
sunny clear days, 74 partly cloudy days & 95 cloudy days
date of first fall frost: