The cross atop the tower once illuminated with hard-to-replace incandescent globes and equipped to rotate, now is in a fixed position and gleams brightly in red neon. Pilots say it is an unmistakable Hanford landmark.
Religion has very much been a center point for Hanford as a community. Many of the organizations currently found in the city have been around just as long as Hanford itself. The city’s earliest mention comes from around 1876 and within a year, the town saw the founding of one of its first churches.
The ghosts of the Wild West can still be found at The Bastille. The beloved and historic building, which towers above Hanford's Civic Park, served as Kings County's jail and sheriff’s office from 1897 until 1964.
Tyson Chandler started playing basketball at the age of three when his grandfather Cleotis Threadgill hung a basket on a tree on their farm in Hanford. It was on that farm that not only Chandler’s passion for basketball came alive, but also where the work ethic, that has led him to a successful NBA career, was first instilled in him.
At the height of the Vietnam War, Kathy Foley’s father, Michael Estocin, was an A4 pilot based out of the Lemoore Naval Air Station. Fifteen minutes after leaving for work one day, Estocin returned home to tell his wife he’d found his dream home. They bought the house, but he was shipped out to Vietnam before they could move in.
While buildings across Europe and Asia remain standing after thousands of years, it’s quite different in America. As a nation, our concept of “old” is relatively recent and oftentimes not given much reverence. If something is decades old, we smash it down and replace it with a parking lot. The old Hanford Firehouse is one notable example.
One base that did not get decommissioned after the Cold War was the Naval Air Station Lemoore. According to the official Navy.Mil website, NAS Lemoore was commissioned in 1961 to “support the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet.”