Lindsay, California

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Lindsay is a city in Tulare County, California, United States. The population was 10,297 at the 2000 census. Lindsay is located southeast of Visalia and is considered part of the Visalia Metropolitan Area by the United States Census Bureau.

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History

Orton family

When Eddie, an emigrant from England, landed in Boston harbor in 1635, he had little idea that one of his descendants would be planting the first of many orange trees some seven generations and 245 years later, in Lindsay, California, 3,000 miles (4,800 km) to the west.

Julius Orton, a seventh generation descendant of Thomas, was born in Ohio in 1825. The family moved to Missouri in 1838. Julius enlisted as a teamster in the U.S. Army when the war with Mexico began in 1846, then serve as a guard for a pack train crossing the toilet for Placerville, a booming California gold mining town.

Finding no gold, Julius moved to Soquel, a lumber town near Santa Cruz, where he worked as a laborer and eventually developed his own herd of cattle. In 1859, accompanied by his wife and two small daughters, and driving a small herd of cattle, he walked more than 200 miles (320 km) from the coast to a homestead along the Tule River southwest of Lindsay.

Julius Orton became a part of Lindsay history in the 1880s when he took up a second 160-acre (0.65 km2) homestead on land adjacent to the property of Lewis and John Keeley, brothers who had homesteaded a few miles southwest of Lindsay in the mid 1870's.

Julius Orton is credited with planting the first orange trees in the Lindsay district on his homestead, giving rise to the motto, "Central California's Citrus Center."

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