Rancho Santa Fe, California (Images of America Series)

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Nestled amongst a forest of eucalyptus trees and hidden behind private gates are the beautiful homes of the ultra-successful: CEOs of major corporations, sports celebrities, movie stars, musicians, politicians, and astronauts. This exclusive community is Rancho Santa Fe, and it is truly the town the railroad built. Though it began as a failed attempt to grow lumber for its railroad ties, the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway soon transformed the area into an exclusive community offering "gentlemen's ...

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Overview

Nestled amongst a forest of eucalyptus trees and hidden behind private gates are the beautiful homes of the ultra-successful: CEOs of major corporations, sports celebrities, movie stars, musicians, politicians, and astronauts. This exclusive community is Rancho Santa Fe, and it is truly the town the railroad built. Though it began as a failed attempt to grow lumber for its railroad ties, the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway soon transformed the area into an exclusive community offering "gentlemen's estates." Among the first to sign on were Hollywood's reigning couple, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. Santa Fe officials hired the best engineers, architects, landscape architects, and naturalists to affect a utopian community. It was not long before Rancho Santa Fe was home to celebrities such as Bing Crosby, Howard Hughes, and astronaut Wally Schirra.

The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of Local heritage, making history available to all.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738571850
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 1/20/2010
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.52 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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The Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society was established in 1984 for the purpose of collection, preservation, and interpretation of the community's local history. Here it proudly presents the story of Rancho Santa Fe, including rare and never-before-published photographs selected from its archives.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6

Introduction 7

1 Rancho San Dieguito and the Osuna Legacy 11

2 The Eucalyptus Experiment and a Change of Course 23

3 Rancho San Dieguito becomes "Rancho Santa Fe" 41

4 The Santa Fe Land Improvement Company 53

5 The Architecture of Lilian J. Rice 69

6 The People of Rancho Santa Fe 85

7 The Protective Covenant 103

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