When the 1930s Dust Bowl pushed them out, thousands of Great Plains residents sought out a new place to call home. Visalia’s fertile soil became a landing place for many, bringing diversity and an abundance of experience to the Central Valley. When discussing their beloved history-filled neighborhood, Stan Simpson says much of Visalia’s storied past was shaped into what it is today because of the vision of the forefathers and the promise of opportunity for those migrating from the Great Plains—a phenomenon that created a gem, here in the heart of California.

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