Woodville can be seen along the Stockton-Los Angeles Road east of Visalia on the 1857 Britton & Rey's Map of California. Woodville is shown to be located in the Four Creeks region of the Kaweah River Delta. Woodville served as the crossing point for the Stockton-Los Angeles Road over the Four Creeks region. Woodville was located between Campbell's Crossing at the Kings River and Peter Goodhue's Tule River Station.
Woodville when selected as the Tulare County seat wasn't much more than a collection of buildings surrounding John Wood's cabin. During 1852 Nathaniel Vise from Kentucky had settled west of Woodville and constructed a fort. The community which began to congregate around Vise's fort was named after his hometown of Visalia, Kentucky. Visalia was noted in a letter written by Nathaniel Vise during November 1852 to have an approximate population of 60-80 settlers. Woodville would ultimately lose the Tulare County seat to Visalia in 1854.
Woodville would remain a relevant location during the heyday of the Stockton-Los Angeles Road due it to being a favorable crossing point of the Four Creeks region of the Kaweah River watershed. During the late 1860s through the 1870s the prominence of the Stockton-Los Angeles Road would be usurped by the construction of Southern Pacific Railroad through San Joaquin Valley. Woodville can be seen along the mainline Stockton-Los Angeles Road on the 1873 Bancroft's Map of California.
The construction of the Southern Pacific Railroad brought frontages which brought the main corridor of travel west from Woodville into the middle of San Joaquin Valley. Despite Woodville not being on a well-traveled highway by the 1880s the community did not fully disappear. Woodville can be seen along a highway east of Visalia on the 1882 Bancroft's Map of California. The 1882 Bancroft's Map displays the waning Stockton-Los Angeles Road mainline being relocated to Visalia towards Farmersville.
The community of Woodville came to be known as "Venice" during the 1880s due to the abundant number of streams in the area. The Venice School House on Road 180 was constructed during 1898 and remained a public school until 1957. The Venice School reopened as a private institution during 1996. The 1898 Venice Schoolhouse is the last remaining structure from the original Tulare County seat.
Venice can be seen east of Visalia on the 1892 T.H. Thompson Survey Map of Tulare County. Venice can be seen along the corridor of the Stockton & Tulare Railroad of the Southern Pacific Railroad. The Stockton & Tulare Railroad had been constructed from Dinuba south towards Exeter by 1888.
Below is a view facing south from the Venice School on down Road 180 towards the Stockton & Tulare Railroad and Kaweah River.
Below is a northward view from the Venice School along Road 180 facing towards the Saint John's River and Venice Hills.