Farmersville, California

Coordinates: 36°18′4″N 119°12′27″W / 36.30111°N 119.20750°W / 36.30111; -119.20750
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Farmersville, California
"It's Always Sunny in Farmersville"
Location of Farmersville in Tulare County, California.
Location of Farmersville in Tulare County, California.
Farmersville is located in California
Location in California
Farmersville is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 36°18′4″N 119°12′27″W / 36.30111°N 119.20750°W / 36.30111; -119.20750
Country United States
State California
IncorporatedOctober 5, 1960[1]
 • MayorTina Hernandez
 • City2.20 sq mi (5.70 km2)
 • Land2.20 sq mi (5.70 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)  0%
Elevation358 ft (109 m)
 • City10,397
 • Estimate 
 • Density4,700/sq mi (1,800/km2)
 • Metro473,117
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code559
FIPS code06-23616
GNIS feature IDs1652709, 2410485
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

Farmersville is a city in the San Joaquin Valley in Tulare County, California, United States, just to the east of Visalia, California. The population was 10,397 at the 2020 census, down from 10,588 at the 2010 census.[4]

The city helps sponsor many events throughout the year, including a Memorial Day Parade in May, which is well attended and manage to draw around 4,000 visitors from the surrounding areas every Memorial Day. In October a Fall Festival is held on the downtown boulevard. In December a Christmas Tree Lighting event is held at the Old Methodist Church building.


The history of Farmersville began in the 1850s. This early community was called Deep Creek, located near the present Deep Creek Cemetery. There are headstones that date back to the 1850s.

Farmersville's first school was built there to accommodate the farm children in the area. In the Fly family history, which is preserved in a book written about their travels to California, there is talk about attending the Deep Creek School in the 1860s. It was located East of the Cemetery.

Until 1863, other residents living on the east side of the county traveled through Farmersville on the Visalia Road. They rode their horse-drawn wagons to get their mail, purchase supplies and bring their goods to sell. The trip was long, so many would stop at the Wiley Hinds farm, just south of present-day Farmersville, to ask to sleep in his barn and continue their trip home the next day. Wiley Hinds was a former slave, and came from Arkansas with his brother, Archibald, in 1858. He settled in Farmersville, purchased other parcels for farming, and became very prosperous.

In 1866 two entrepreneurs, John Crowley and his brother in law Merrill Jasper opened a large general store in Farmersville. They wanted to capture the sales of residents on the east side of the county on their way to Visalia to get their mail. Unfortunately, they were not successful. In 1868 their nephew and also store manager Thomas J. Brundage, purchased the business from them. During this time the application for the Post Office and the name of the town were finally approved by the US Government. The store now became much more successful and eastern residents began to stop and pick up their mail. Mr. Brundage also had a lumber yard across the street from the general store. Oxen would pull the lumber shipment from the Sierra hills. Just east of the Brundage General Store was the Brown Hotel. It was constructed in 1870 for Edward Balaam and was later purchased by Charles Brown. The hotel was two stories and served meals to passengers during the horse changeover for the Overland Stage. Brown also owned the livery stable. The location of the Brundage General Merchandise store and the Brown Hotel is near what is now Sam's Foods Supermarket (old Nickel's Payless store), commemorated by a historic granite marker in the parking lot.

There was a large fire in 1910 that hit the corner of Visalia Rd and Farmersville Blvd. The Brundage General store received fire damage. The fire also burned a couple of other businesses and buildings and scorched the Methodist Church. This old wooden store was later known as Farmersville Trading Post and being destroyed in a fire in 1951. It was replaced with a Texaco Gas Station, which later became a Beacon Gas station. Today it is an empty lot.

In 1910 Thomas J. Brundage's son, Oscar G. Brundage, who took over the general store decided to build an additional store, this time made of brick. It was completed in December 1910. He continued working in the stores at least until the late 1920s. Later it became Dixon's Grocery Store, owned by Floyd Dixon. After that, it became Ryan's Grocery Store. In the 1940s it became a bar called the Frontier Club. It was finally destroyed in a fire in the 1960s. It sat on the Southeast corner of Visalia Rd and Farmersville Blvd, where Rainbow's Drive In sits today.

In 1945 the town had voted to pay for its own police department. The town had one Police Officer on duty during this time. Before 1960, the town was under the authority of the County. A small group of residents presented themselves to these officials for any needs of the town.

Discussion to incorporate started as early as 1945. Don Freeman began the petition and application process that lead to the city's incorporation on October 5, 1960. The first city council was composed of James Tornow, Mayor, Truman Qualls, Don Freeman, Willis Freeman, and Jim Steven. Carl Waddle was the first City Clerk. Early on the City struggled to get proper water delivery and wastewater treatment. In 1968 the Wastewater treatment plant loan was made for $480,000 to build the first plant and transmission infrastructure. The city residents in 1968 seriously discussed dis-incorporation led by store owner Tom Bray.

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Farmersville is located at 36°18′4″N 119°12′27″W / 36.30111°N 119.20750°W / 36.30111; -119.20750 (36.301169, -119.207603).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
2021 (est.)10,382[4]−0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]


The 2020 United States Census reported that Farmersville had a population of 10,397.


The 2010 United States Census reported that Farmersville had a population of 10,588. The population density was 4,688.2 inhabitants per square mile. The racial makeup of Farmersville was 5,295 (50.0%) White, 60 (0.6%) African American, 213 (2.0%) Native American, 72 (0.7%) Asian, 5 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 4,494 (42.4%) from other races, and 449 (4.2%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8,876 persons (83.8%).

There were 2,595 households, out of which 1,639 (63.2%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 1,474 (56.8%) were married couples living together, 515 (19.8%) had a female householder with no husband present, 274 (10.6%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 257 (9.9%) unmarried partnerships, and 10 (0.4%) same-sex couples. 258 households (9.9%) were made up of individuals, and 110 (4.2%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.08. There were 2,263 families (87.2% of all households). The population was spread out, with 3,895 people (36.8%) under the age of 18, 1,234 people (11.7%) aged 18 to 24, 2,941 people (27.8%) aged 25 to 44, 1,822 people (17.2%) aged 45 to 64, and 696 people (6.6%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26.2 years. There were 2,726 housing units at an average density of 1,207.0 per square mile, of which 1,590 (61.3%) were owner-occupied, and 1,005 (38.7%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.5%; the rental vacancy rate was 4.2%. 6,537 people (61.7% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 4,051 people (38.3%) lived in rental housing units.


As of the census there were 8,737 people, 2,151 households, and 1,854 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,655.2 inhabitants per square mile. There were 2,269 housing units at an average density of 1,209.0 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 42.36% White, 0.40% African American, 1.76% Native American, 1.14% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 48.35% Hispanic from other races, and 5.95% from two or more races.

There were 2,151 households, out of which 54.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.8% were married couples living together, 16.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 13.8% were non-families. 10.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.05 and the average family size was 4.32. The median age was 24 years. The median income for a household in the city was $27,682, and the median income for a family was $29,629. The per capita income for the city was $8,624. About 23.6% of families and 30.7% of the population were below the poverty line.



Mayor Tina Hernandez is a Real Estate Agent. Vice Mayor Danny Valdovinos Jr is the owner of KO Gym in Farmersville. Councilmember Gregorio Gomez is a Systems Administrator for the Tulare County Information and Communications Technology Department. Councilmember Paul Boyer is a retired Development Program Director for Self-Help Enterprises. Councilmember Armando Hinojosa is a self employed online businessman and photographer.[8]

The City Manager is Jennifer Gomez, hired in 2018.

Mayors of Farmersville[edit]

(1960) James Tornow... (1962) Jim Stevens... (1965) Ralph Barnes... (1966) J. W. Kemp... (1973) Leo Havner... (1974) Herb Jones... (1980) Larry Miller... (1982) Charles Felix... (1984) Joe Alvarado... (1986) Don Rowlett... (1988) Al Vanderslice... (1996) Mike Riddle... (1998) Myron Wiley... (2000) Tommy Blackmon... (2002) Paul Boyer... (2004) Michael Santana... (2006) Pastor Leonel Benavides... (2014) Gregorio Gomez... (2016) Paul Boyer... (2022) Tina Hernandez


In the Tulare County Board of Supervisors, Farmersville is in the 1st district, represented by Larry Micari.[9]

In the California State Legislature, Farmersville is in the 16th Senate District, represented by Democrat Melissa Hurtado, and in the 33rd Assembly District, represented by Republican Devon Mathis. [10]

In the United States House of Representatives, Farmersville is in California's 21st congressional district, represented by Democrat Jim Costa.[11]

Past & Present Notable Figures[edit]

( Baseball ) Tim Sweeney, Ray Martin, Ralph Pizarro, Dillard Ferguson, Nolan Phillips, Lazarro Cardenas, Matt Sisk.. ( Veterans ) Marie Pizarro, Alfred Thomas, Rod Hughes, Oscar Deleon.. ( Builders) Roy Marshall, John Martin.. ( Medicine ) Charles Clark, Kenneth Womack, Dr. Richard Armstrong.. ( Firemen ) Larry Miller, Pat Taylor.. ( Youth Sports ) Deborah Holt Vasquez, Ricardo Maldonado, Daniel Valdovinos Jr., Candy Becerra, Daniel Becerra, Christian Cervantes.. (Store Owners) Ralph Barnes, Alfred Thomas, Rafael & Octaviana Vasquez, Rosa Vasquez, Rudy and Jesse Tafoya, Paul Freeman, David Chan.. ( Community Leaders ) Raymond Estes, Tom Bray, Daniel Ybarra, Ralph Ramos, Dr. George Castaneda, Ted Sanchez, Nellie Burt, Anna & Saul Winslow, Audrey & Frank Pineda, Rene Miller, Paul Boyer, Pastor Leonel Benavides, John Alvarez, Alice Lopez, Armando Hinojosa


Boss Hoggs' Restaurant is a popular local diner featuring classic American cooking. Boss Hoggs and the Donut Shop serve as morning gathering places. Other businesses in town are Los Arbolitos, Rainbow Drive In, El Salvador Restaurant, Don Chava's Restaurant, Ana Maria's and Taqueria El Tapatio and Jack in the Box. By the Hwy 198 are McDonalds, Subway, and Taco Bell.


Farmersville serves occasionally as a commuter town, many residents having to travel to nearby communities to seek employment. Local commerce is composed primarily of small, family-owned businesses. Its stores include Sam's Foods Supermarket, Vista Market, Dolores Handcrafts, La Mejor Del Valle, Muebleria El Alto Furniture, Farmersville Florist, Farmersville Minute Mart, Farmersville Feed & Seed, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Rite Aide, AutoZone, O'Reilly's and CB Performance.


Farmersville High School

Farmersville has a single unified school district with Farmersville High School (the Aztecs), a middle school, and three elementary schools. J.E. Hester School is for kindergartners and 1st graders. George L. Snowden is for 2nd and 3rd graders. Freedom is for 4th, 5th and 6th graders. The junior high school is for 7th and 8th graders and the Farmersville High School covers 9th through 12th grade. ( Past & Current School Leaders ) Supt. George L Snowden, Supt. Lenno Johnston, Teacher Kenneth Kramer, Supt. Don Sato, Supt. Janet Jones, Trustee John Vasquez, Trustee Al Vanderslice, Trustee Don Mason, Trustee Alice Lopez, Trustee John Alvarez, Principal Gary Carter

School History[edit]

The first school mentioned in history writings was located near the Deep Creek Cemetery, it was made of logs and the years indicated were 1860's. The second school was built around 1869-1904 by the Farmers Alliance Organization. It was a two-story building with the classrooms on the second floor, and a community room on the first floor for meetings and social events. It was located on the Southwest corner of Visalia Rd and Farmersville Blvd. It was later replaced by a larger building, Farmersville Elementary School 1905-1952. It was replaced with Snowden Elementary in 1953. Hester School was opened earlier in 1950. Both schools were dedicated in 1953. Teacher and later School Supt George L Snowden played a major part of the decision making in the construction of Hester and Snowden School.

Farmersville Methodist Church[edit]

The Church/Museum is located at 881 N. Farmersville Boulevard

Built in the 1870s in Goshen, California, and after little usage the Visalia Methodist congregation purchased the church with the help of Farmersville church members in 1899-1900. The chapel was rolled into Farmersville on logs, pulled by horses sometime afterward. It was established on South Farmersville Boulevard just south of Visalia Road, also known as the "Four Corners". The Founders of the early Farmersville Methodist Church were Thomas J Brundage, Mr Sims and Rev. G. E. Foster. Sometime around 1947 with a need for more parking, a new location was found when Mrs. Avery donated a parcel of her land. That new site was Avery Ave and Ash Street. During the move, the steeple broke and was rebuilt using fishtail shingles. In later years it became the Farmersville United Methodist Church and continued until March 2004. The Boys and Girls Club took over the building for a couple of years. In 2009 it found a new location and was moved to N Farmersville Boulevard and W. Front Street.

Nationwide Attention[edit]

  • Orval Overall, winning pitcher of Chicago Cubs' final game of 1908 World Series, was born in Farmersville.
  • Russ Taff, southern gospel and pop singer, was born in Farmersville.
  • Martin and Mary Macareno in 1981 entered a dance contest on ABC American Bandstand with host Dick Clark. Mary owns Dolores Handcrafts in Farmersville. Martin after the show became heavily involved in community activities and was elected to the school board. He later moved to Greenfield California and continued working in community events and activities. He died in July 2007.[citation needed]


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  2. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  3. ^ "Farmersville". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d "U.S Census Bureau QuickFacts: Farmersville city, California". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 20, 2023.
  5. ^ "2020 Population and Housing State Data". United States Census Bureau. August 12, 2021. Retrieved April 20, 2023.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "City Council". Farmersville, CA Official Website. Retrieved 2020-01-05.
  9. ^ "Find My District". Tulare County Board of Supervisors. Retrieved April 20, 2023.
  10. ^ "Statewide Database - Map Viewer - California Districts". UC Regents. Retrieved April 20, 2023.
  11. ^ "California's 21st Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved April 20, 2023.

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