Bakersfield Historic Kern County -
Chris Brewer is the great-great grandson of Colonel Thomas Baker, founder of Bakersfield. Brewer is a Registered Professional Historian and an Architectural Historian (CCPH) in the State of California and serves as a consultant in historic preservation and architectural history to public agencies and private firms. Brewer has published several books, including The Bakersfield and Kern Picture Album, with Don Pipkin, Bakersfield's Photographic Past, Exeter's Photographic Past, The Golden Years of Memorial Hospital at Exeter and Southern San Joaquin Valley Scenes.
Byron Hot Springs -
Byron Hot Springs is sometimes called the Carlsbad of the West after the famed European health spas. The resort hosted the famous, the wealthy, the infirm, and the curious alike during the early 20th century. The 160-acre property, in eastern Contra Costa County near the San Joaquin River, featured three grand hotels designed by renowned San Francisco architect James Reid. Amidst this stylish backdrop were prominent guests in 19th-century finery, early Hollywood royalty, Prohibition entertainments, mineral water cures for various ailments, and secret interrogations of World War II POWs (when it was known as Camp Tracy). Aside from the hot springs themselves, the resort boasts one of the oldest golf courses in the western United States.
History of Camp Tracy
The United States' Global War on Terrorism is in its sixth year with no end in sight. Intelligence-gathering is crucial to the successful prosecution of this struggle. These days, though, the mere mentioning of detention and interrogation evokes scandalous and degrading images. So we have the dilemma of determining how the United States can successfully obtain necessary information from a foreign and hostile enemy without alienating its own citizenry and the international community. Part of the resolution to that dilemma may lie right here. In his graphic account of Camp Tracy, US Army Major Alexander D. Corbin looks back at a time when the United States fought and won against an enemy that was profoundly different from Americans in appearance, culture, and religion. His in-depth analysis illustrates many parallels between this past enemy and today's adversaries. It argues convincingly that the successful tactics and techniques of the past can still be applied today and in the future.
• Central California Traction Company
- Central California Traction had its origins in 1902 as a streetcar service in
Stockton, CA. Conceived by Howard H. Griffiths to compete against Stockton's
venerable, narrow-gauge Stockton Electric RR, Griffiths' vision became reality
in 1905 with the incorporation of the Central California Traction Co
• Children of The San Joaquin Valley - Dorina Lazo Gilmore was raised in a Chinese-Filipino--Hawaiian-Italian-family and spent much time in a kitchen with her mother, aunts and grandmothers. Dorina loves creating healthy recipes and sharing stories in her kitchen with friends and daughters
- See Lathrop California ✓
Clovis California - During the late 1800s, Clovis M. Cole
acquired large tracts of land in California’s San Joaquin Valley with the intent to farm wheat. Marcus Pollasky, a businessman from the East with a keen eye for a profit,
suggested building a railroad that would bring more people and gains to the area. The two
agreed a deal. Cole sold key landholdings to Pollasky, and the town was given Cole’s first name. Businesses grew along Front Street, and families purchased nearby 20-acre parcels where they built homes and grew abundant crops. Living in Clovis became a way of life as dedication to family, friends, and community defined the area.
• Discoveries in The San Joaquin Valley Grapevines - A wonderful book for involving young readers. Whether they are English Language students or not, all kids love the language repetitions and tempo of the key phrases. Any child that's ever gone with their family during the
grape picking season will quickly identify.
• Downtown Stockton
- Images of America - In the hundred years from 1850 through 1950, Stockton blossomed from just being a depot for the gold rush to a flourishing California metropolis. Taking advantage of its wealth of water and fertile soils, Mediterranean-type climate, efficient transportation system and hard-working population, Stockton quickly turned into an epicenter for the worlds breadbasket ✓
Elk Grove (CA) (Images of America) -
Elk Grove's roots go back to 1850, when the community consisted of only a stage-stop hotel. In 1876, this small farm town in the shadow of Sacramento became a crossroads along the new railroad tracks. As the railroad era progressed, it brought significant changes to Elk Grove fields were transformed into orchards, vineyards, and eventually, residential developments. But Elk Grove remained just a part of southern Sacramento County until citizens prevailed in their attempt to establish cityhood. The city was formally incorporated on July 1, 2000, with 72,665 residents and, by 2006, had grown remarkably to exceed 130,874.
Escalon California (Images of America): Between San Francisco and the Sierra Nevada stands the small farming community of Escalon. In the mid-1800s, miners and freight haulers traveled rough roads through this unpopulated part of the state to the foothills, much as tourists today travel its highways on their way to Yosemite National Park. Pioneer John Wheeler Jones settled here with his family in the late 1800s and was instrumental in the development and growth of agricultural production, the routing of the railroad through the area, and the creation of this crossroads community. John's son James chose the name Escalon, Spanish for step or stepping stone, for this important gateway to the Sierra Nevada.
Greetings from Fresno California
Over 200 vintage color postcards delivering a unique perspective on Fresno County[s
storied past. There are Postcards dating from as early as 1875 through the 1960s, many of which have never been publicly available
before, are paired with brief passages that deftly position each card within its historical context. Many famous Fresno edifices which have long disappeared are revived again, including the El Rancho motel, the Carnegie Library, and the Pine Lake Lodge. Educational and inspiring, this exceptional compilation is a treasure trove for the regional history buff.
• Garden of The Sun - A comprehensive book examining San Joaquin Valley history beginning with a in-depth look at the Native Indigenous American tribes in the region and their dealings with each other. It goes on to explore the Spanish occupation, a look at the trapping activity, the influx of settlers coming from the eastern States, and the shaping of sprawling cattle ranches.
• The Great Central Valley - A
splendid and evocative book by Gerald Haslam,, Stephen Johnson, and Robert Dawson- who are all all Greater Central Valley California natives--is the first book to delve into detail the social and rich natural history of the agricultural heartland of the state. ✓
• Highway 99 - Springing from the the Yokuts' Indians myths to poems and stories by renowned contemporary writers, this collected works showcases the best writings of the Great Central Valley of California and provides an opulent look at the region s emotional and physical and landscape. In bygone days, one rarely thought there was any literary significance created in the California Central Valley, an expansive agricultural area nestled between the Pacific coast and the Sierra Nevada mountains ✓
• Irrigation of The San Joaquin Valley - Prolonged irrigation of agriculture land in numerous arid and semiarid regions of the globe is at risk due to a combination of multiple interrelated factors, including a shortage of fresh water, poor drainage, high water tables, along with soil salinization and poor groundwater resources. Nowhere else in our nation are these concerns more readily visible than in the California San Joaquin Valley. ✓
• Jessie's Grove
- Joseph, Jessie’s father settled in the Lodi area during the 1860’s search for land. He found a spot on a ranch of 320 acres in the center of the appellation of Lodi where oak trees were growing the tallest. Jessie, who had become a natural environmentalist in the 1800’s, acquired her father’s appreciate of nature along with his love for those priceless oak trees growing on the family ranch
• Lodi California, Images of America
- From its beginning as a small pioneer village in 1859 to its progression into a modern agricultural and industrial city The City of Lodi has been
touted for years as an enviable place to raise a family. The rich soil on the southern Mokelumne River bank has benefited several generations proud of this city located at the uniting of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys ✓
Lodi: 1945-2005 (Images of America) Arcadia Publishing
From its beginning as a small pioneering settlement in 1869 to its growth into an agricultural and industrial modern city, Lodi has been touted for years as a desirable place to put down roots and raise a family. The fertile soil here on the south bank of the Mokelumne River has seen several generations of citizens proud of their city at the crossroads of the San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys.
Madera California (Images of America)- Madera almost didn't exist.
In 1876 there was nothing where this thriving city now stands, but the
California Lumber Company was looking for a western terminus for its
massive logging flume under construction. Prompted by a deal from early
landowners, the company chose this spot and put up a temporary
boardinghouse for its workers. Soon the town was platted out, lots were
sold, and the city grew as the completed flume began to bring in lumber
from the hills, meeting the railroad. Hotels, stores, a post office, and
citizens followed, making Madera (Spanish for lumber) an important place
of business, life, and leisure. In 1893, the city became the county seat
of the newly minted Madera County, and structures continued to spring up
along Yosemite Boulevard and beyond. The flume is gone now, but Madera
owes its existence to early logging
At the beginning of the 20th century, Modesto became Stanislaus County's cultural and economic center. From the construction of ornate residences to the addition of prominent businesses and landmarks, the village founded in 1870 by the Central Pacific Railroad grew into a busy inland city. No less than four major hotels located downtown. The intent to build the nation's first municipal airport was incorporated into the city's revised 1910 charter, and the town's iconic arch was added to the landscape in 1912. Modesto left behind its Wild West roots to become a thriving center of commerce in the San Joaquin Valley.
Old Sacramento and Downtown (Images of America: California)
The discovery of gold launched an unprecedented rush of humanity to California's Sierra foothills. Many of those miners and minerals flowed as naturally as the waterways into a settlement that grew where the American and Sacramento Rivers meet. The Sacramento River, the main traffic artery between the mines and San Francisco Bay, was soon flanked by a burgeoning Embarcadero and commercial district that became Sacramento City in 1849. Paddlewheel riverboats, like the New World, carried goods, passengers, and great wealth. Besting all jealous rivals, Sacramento became the state capital, and a wealthy merchant's residence was transformed into the governor's mansion. Today downtown and Old Sacramento, a 28-acre state historic district, are thriving, graced by such treasures as the restored State Capitol Building, the art deco Tower Bridge, and scores of historic structures and attractions like the Leland Stanford Mansion and the California State Railroad Museum.
• Thomas Guide, San Joaquin County - Northern San Joaquin Valley Thomas Guide replaces the San Joaquin and the Stanislaus & Merced Counties Thomas Guides. 2,2221 new streets and updates! Communites covered include: Escalon, Fair Oaks, French Camp, Kettleman City, Lathrop, Lockeford, Lodi, Manteca, Morada, Ripon, Stockton, and Tracy in San Joaquin county, and Atwater, Ceres, Delhi, Dos Palos, Gustine, Hughson, Livingston, Los Banos, Merced, Modesto, Newman, Oakdale, Patterson, Riverbank, Salida, Turlock, Waterford, and Winton. ✓
• Tracy Historical Images of America
- Simply an outstanding collection of photos, the Historical Society of Tracy enlightens us the intriguing account of an industrialized center that has hung on to much of its rural-town ambiance. Readers can delve into Tracy's organizations, businesses, schools, churches, dairiy farms, nfluential people and prominent buildings, showcased in striking vintage photographs ✓
Turlock, like many communities across America, can trace its early development to one individual. John William Mitchell, wheat producer and entrepreneur, brought the Southern Pacific Railroad and a depot to what would become Turlock. This transportation link was the catalyst that brought business proprietors and settlers to the area and changed the 1850s settlement into an organized town. At the turn of the 20th century, the Turlock Irrigation district, the first California district under the Wright Act of 1887, brought water to the valley. A dam and system of canals provided the needed resources for crop diversification and the development of agricultural industry that changed the small town into a culturally rich, successful city. This volume focuses on the evolution of Turlock from the 1850s to 1950s.
• Valley Fever - Sunny Frazier, a former journalist, Navy Veteran and Narcotics secretary composes mysteries in California San Joaquin Valley settings. Her novels most often feature Christy Bristol, an astrologer along with a Sheriff's Dept. clerk. Additionally, Frazier is the acquisitions editor with Oak Tree Press. Having cyber marketing expertise and winner of short story contests, Sunny Frazier frequently speak at writers' conferences.
See French Camp ✓
• The Valley Road - A reproduced book that published prior to 1923. One may may find occasional imperfections like blurred or missing pages, errant marks, poor pictures, etc. that were either initiated during the process of scanning or was there in the original book. The publishers believe this work to be culturally important.
See article on Lockeford ✓
Visalia California Then & Now
In the fall of 1852, hardy pioneers camped among the oaks along a meandering creek in an area known as Four Creeks Country. There, in the fertile soil surrounded by abundant water, Visalia took root. Today the county seat of Tulare County is the oldest San Joaquin Valley town between Stockton and Los Angeles, and is the gateway to Sequoia National Park.