Porterville College

CHAP-Wild Tulare County: Outlaws, Rogues & Rebels

CHAP 2017-2018 Theme: The Storyteller's Art

The Cultural and Historical Awareness Program (CHAP) at Porterville College

Is proud to present a special event featuring

Terry Ommen

Author and Local Historian

Wild Tulare County: Outlaws, Rogues & Rebels

Friday, February 9th, 2018

7-8 p.m.

Porterville College Theater

Book Signing to Follow in Student Center


In the 1800s, Tulare County was a hotbed of desperate characters whose deadly gunplay and murderous inclinations left a trail of bodies across the region.  Train bandits, coldblooded murderers, and callous outlaws armed with shotguns and butcher knives plagued Visalia, Porterville, and other sleepy central California towns.  Terry Ommen will relate the transgressions of some of Tulare County’s roughest characters, including thrilling tales of the pistol-packing Mason-Henry Gang, a deadly duel between politically divided journalists, and vigilante justice exacted by angry mobs.

Terry Ommen was born in Minnesota and relocated to Tulare County where he has lived for 45 years.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Long Beach State University and a Master’s from Chapman University.  Ommen is a retired Police Captain of the Visalia Police Department and a graduate of the California Police Command College and the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.  For over two decades he has researched and written about Tulare County history with special interest in the early peace officers and the bad men who gave them so much grief.  His writing has appeared in the Visalia Times Delta, Fresno Bee, and Valley Voice, as well as for Direct, Good Life, and Lifestyle magazine.  His books include Then & Now Visalia, Wild Tulare County, Images of America—Visalia, and Christ Lutheran Church, A Gathering Place for a Half Century.  He is a member of Visalia Heritage, Wild West History Association (WWHA), Tulare County Historical Society (TCHS), and the Sequoia Genealogical Society.  He was named Visalia’s 2017 Man of the Year and Historian Laureate.


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Out of respect to our presenter and audience, doors will be closed approximately 10 minutes after the start of the event OR when the theater has reached capacity.  Due to safety regulations, once the theater is full no additional people can be admitted.


Date & Time: 
Fri, 02/09/2018 - 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
PC Theater

Kern Community College District