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East Contra Costa County California (Postcard History Series)

East Contra Costa County California (Postcard History Series)


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Ho for California! The terminus of the first overland immigrant pack train destined for California was John Marsh's adobe, Brentwood. Since 1841, East Contra Costa County has been a grain and fruit basket to the world, a recreational playground for resort living, and a home for health and family life. Its wheat was exported for brewing Guinness beer, and fresh apricots, peaches, and cherries still bring produce fanciers for summer harvest. Weekenders houseboat, wakeboard, and fish through the region's thousands of miles of delta waterways. This sentimental history of the communities of Brentwood, Bethel Island, Byron, Discovery Bay, Knightsen, and Oakley reveals the importance of these California Delta communities in settling and developing the Golden State.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738547749
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 12/04/2007
Series: Postcard History Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,183,488
Product dimensions: 6.62(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

Carol A. Jensen is author of Arcadia Publishing's Images of America: Byron Hot Springs. Working with local history enthusiasts, she has drawn from public and private postcard collections to capture small-town life. Historical details and anecdotes accompany the views to tell the interesting story of these fast-growing communities.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     6
Introduction     7
John Marsh Stone House     9
Agriculture and Husbandry     17
Civic Pride and Public Buildings     37
Commercial Districts     53
Domestic Life and Tranquility     67
Country Schools and Education     81
Recreation and Amusements     89
Resort Life and Celebrity     105
Selected Reading     126
Index to Communities     127

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