Brentwood, California (Images of America Series)

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The beautiful Brentwood area of Contra Costa County is the oldest continuously populated community in California inland from the great coastal centers. Californios eschewed this challenging portion of the Central Valley, so pioneering physician John Marsh

established a permanent settlement here in 1837 at his Rancho Los Meganos. Soon, the burgeoning viniculture, wheat, orchard, and cattle operations attracted many Gold Rush miners back to their original agricultural callings, ...

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The beautiful Brentwood area of Contra Costa County is the oldest continuously populated community in California inland from the great coastal centers. Californios eschewed this challenging portion of the Central Valley, so pioneering physician John Marsh

established a permanent settlement here in 1837 at his Rancho Los Meganos. Soon, the burgeoning viniculture, wheat, orchard, and cattle operations attracted many Gold Rush miners back to their original agricultural callings, now in the California Delta. The 1860s arrival of British agribusiness concern Balfour Guthrie Investment

Company soon established the largest grain-export and fruit-packing venture in the West. Brentwood Township, established in 1878 and named for Marsh's ancestral home in England, includes some of the state's most bountiful land. The region fostered the greatest wheat production west of the Mississippi River during the 19th century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738558257
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 5/7/2008
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,370,920
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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Carol A. Jensen, author of Arcadia Publishing's Byron Hot Springs, The California Delta, and East Contra Costa County, presents here in vintage photography the best of Brentwood, culled from local archives and collections. Combined with Jensen's prose, these images showcase Brentwood's progression from rural beginnings as an agricultural stronghold to the modern city of houses, shops, schools, and places of worship we know today.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     6
Introduction     7
Early Years: Rancho Los Meganos     11
First Settlers and Agriculture: Wheat and Barley for Guinness     35
Balfour, Guthrie and Company: The Best in the West     53
Education and Worship: Hail Liberty     71
Community: When We Build It...     85
Public Service: ... We Will Get It Done     103
Good Times: See You at the Cornfest     113
Timeline     126
Bibliography and Other Resources     127
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

    Interesting history

    I have always been interested in California History and this was a compliment to information that I had already known.

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