Covina began as a coffee plantation carved out of Rancho La Puente, which John Rowland had purchased from California’s Mexican government. Rowland later shared the land with his friend and partner William Workman, and after Rowland’s death, his widow, Charlotte, sold 5,500 acres to Julian and Antonio Badillo, on which they attempted unsuccessfully to grow coffee. Joseph Swift Phillips purchased 2,000 acres of the Badillo land, subdivided the tract, and laid out Covina’s town site. Covina came to grow, process, and ship eight percent of California’s citrus, transforming into a farming community that was neither rural nor urban. Residents established cultural, social, and civic organizations, founded a scientific study group and a literary society, and even built an opera house.
About the Author
This rare collection of previously unpublished photographs is drawn from various public and private collections in the area. Author Barbara Ann Hall, Ph.D., is curator of The Vintage Years, Covina before 1950, a photograph exhibition in Covina City Hall. She was senior author of Mt. San Antonio College, the First Fifty Years, and she created the traveling exhibition Our Valley before 1949.
Table of Contents
The Predecessors before 1886 9
Early Citrus, Railroad Arrives 19
Electricity, Automobiles, Telephones, Incorporation 37
Golden Years of Citrus 65
Between the Wars 87
The Great Change 115
Epilogue: Maintaining the Legacy 127
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Covina, California [Images of America Series] based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Images of America, is a wonderful series of soft cover books showing past pictures of local areas. I am collecting them as my interest are hungered. Covina, my latest acquisition, is actually even better then most of the rest, because it is more Comprehensive. If one has developed and interest in a special geographic area, try to find the Images of America book of that area. I digress, Covina has been my home most of my live, and the pictures remind me of places that no longer exist, like Covina Christian Church where Reverand Hubbard, in 1959. a man who was badly burned in WWII gave me The Revised Standard Bible, I still use today. While IoA did miss publishing a picture of the Reynolds Buick Showroom, where Pete Reynolds let a ten year old boy drive him around the used car lot in a new 1960 Buick Electra 225, they can't get everything, but it does bring back the good times. If one is interested in Covina, it is a great book, but if one's interest is in any other local, by all means see if B&N has got a IoA book on that area.