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.

And while the physical theaters, with towering screens as big as the West Texas sky and rusted, crackly speakers that somehow seem to make movies sound better, are fewer and further between now than they ever have been, the vivid memories of those hot summer movie nights live on.

Every place has a name, and every name has a story — including the towns, streets and sites right here in Kings County. Old articles, historical records and local history experts can point us to the origins of the names Hanford and Lemoore residents see everyday.

Cecil G. Demme, who was working with his father in a furniture store and funeral parlor in Emerson, Nebraska, received a letter from a friend that informed him "Hanford was in need of a funeral parlor.”

It’s been said that west is the direction of change. On hazy days, you can still put your back to the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains, look west over Kings County and see that change.

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