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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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 ContentsAcknowledgments 6
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