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2022 Newsletter

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Walk of Honor a Success


Community support for our new Walk of Honor has been vigorous.  We love reading the engraved inscriptions--as do visitors to the Museum.  

Here's how it works:  Each brick is pre-inscribed on the top line with the title words "IN HONOR OF" followed by 2 lines of 20 characters each that will be engraved with your special message. All sorts of dedications will be accepted--from a traditional memorial to an endorsement of a specific family or business.  This is a perfect way to support your local Museum, and to leave a lasting impression!

To participate in this exciting project, please click on the "ORDER FORM" button, below, to download and print the order form.  Follow the instructions on the form to carefully print your desired message that will be inscribed on a Walk of Honor brick.  Then, mail the order form together with a check payable to Porterville Historical Museum, at 257 North "D" Street, Porterville, CA 93257.  Please note that your engraving will match what you print precisely.  Therefore, please direct your attention to spelling, punctuation, and spaces between words on each line.  All engraved letters are capitalized.

Bricks are $100 each, and there is no limit to how many bricks each individual, family or business can commission.  We are a non-profit, tax-exempt organization.

Thank you for your continued patronage, and we look forward to your next visit!


Signs of the Time


Recently acquired is the familiar sign to the former Porterville Drive-In Theatre.  The sign is now on display in our courtyard.


Our recently replaced street-side sign is now on display in our courtyard.  This sign required a volunteer to climb a ladder to change the message letter by letter. 

The New Sign is electronic--allowing us to communicate in pictures as well as text.  Come see it for yourself.


Baggage Cart Restored


This baggage cart was used at the Southern Pacific Railroad Station here at the Museum in the early 1900's.  The red diamond-shaped sign is for the Railway Express Agency which handled the luggage and other packages being shipped via the rails.  Note:  There are less than 100 of these carts still in existence today.

Thanks to the Tulare County Historical Society for funding the restoration of this baggage cart. 


Thanks also to Bill Melton whose exceptional restoration skills have preserved this piece of local history for many years to come.

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Pictured above is the Baggage Room as it was in 1914.  The front tire and handle of the baggage cart is visible in the lower right corner of the photograph.  If the 1914 photo had been in color, the cart would have looked like it is today (as seen above).

Smith's Market Truck

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Contributed photo published by The Porterville Recorder

$2,000 Grant from The Bank of the Sierra
Contributed to the Restoration 

The Bank of the Sierra generously granted the Museum $2,000 towards the restoration and installation of the 1918 Smith's Market delivery truck.  Thank you Bank of the Sierra!

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