Historic Photos of Old California

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The story of California began when a Portuguese captain sailing for Spain found a beautiful natural harbor as he plied his way up the Pacific coast. Little could he have imagined that dropping his anchor in what is now San Diego Bay would be the birth of the Golden State. Ask any Californian and you’ll quickly learn that California is like two states in one: In the north are rocky cliffs, rugged beaches, and a heritage that harkens back to gold rush days. In the south is the quintessential “postcard” California ...

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Overview

The story of California began when a Portuguese captain sailing for Spain found a beautiful natural harbor as he plied his way up the Pacific coast. Little could he have imagined that dropping his anchor in what is now San Diego Bay would be the birth of the Golden State. Ask any Californian and you’ll quickly learn that California is like two states in one: In the north are rocky cliffs, rugged beaches, and a heritage that harkens back to gold rush days. In the south is the quintessential “postcard” California of orange trees, warm ocean breezes, and boulevards lined with palm trees. Whichever California you favor, both have a rich heritage based in the cultures of Spain, England, Russia, China, and America. Citizens from all these lands came to California early, and all had a hand in building the nation’s most populace state. This is her story.

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California sprang into visibility even before it became a state in 1850. It attracted not only gold prospectors, speculators, and laborers but also photographers and other artists. Nancy Hendrix's Historic Photos of Old California shows that early shutterbugs grasped both historic significance and timeless qualities of their new environs. These pictures capture the dramatic changes that took place in the Golden State from the year of its admission to the Union to 1920. A piece of history in your hands.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596525245
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/15/2009
  • Series: Historic Photos Series
  • Pages: 205
  • Sales rank: 1,040,780
  • Product dimensions: 10.26 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

A 40-year resident of San Diego, Nancy Hendrickson developed an interest in California history at an early age. Long fascinated by California's Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and English heritage, she often visits the state's historic sites, while doing research and photography for future articles. She is the author of numerous magazine articles and the author of four books, and a member of the Western Writers of America.
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