It is located in the agricultural area San Joaquin Valley in the state of California, which is southeast of San Francisco and north of Los Angeles. Visalia is known to be the oldest town in San Joaquin Valley and is considered to be the Crown Jewel of the valley. The city has a rich agricultural history, which includes large existing buildings dating from mid- the too late 1800s. The city's early growth has been dramatically attributed during the gold rush in the Kern River and has brought numbers of transient miners along the way. However, when the lure for gold failed, many went back to their lives and began to settle in the city and started to raise families. Visalia's economy has been significantly driven by agriculture by growing citrus, cotton, grapes, olives, and other nursery products. And when light manufacturing or commercial distribution started to represent the city, it has become the fastest-growing portion of the city's employer base.
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