Artist and author Earl Thollander was born and raised in Kingsburg. He always had an affinity for the rural areas around our community. In 1973 he visited Kingsburg to research a book about the barns of California. He documented several local barns in his book “Barns of California” which he wrote for the California Historical Society. In the preface he wrote,
“From Childhood, one doesn’t forget the intriguing interior of a barn, with its bigness and its array of hay, farm implements, and animals – chickens, spiders, owls, bats, bees, swallows, and doves.
Barns in California are in every stage of deterioration. The next windstorm will flatten another. Like many historic buildings, however, I feel that barns should be preserved. They are part of the people’s history and architectural heritage of our state.” Earl Thollander in Barns of California.