by Loomis Basin Historical Society


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A small town set along Interstate 80 in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Loomis anchors what was once an internationally known agricultural area, a distinction it gained after early settlers came for gold mining along the rivers. The Central Pacific Railroad soon laid tracks here, providing a means for transporting fruit crops to market. Established first as Pine Grove in the 1850s, the town later became Placer, then Smithville, and later Pino. This led to confusion with Reno, so in 1890 it officially became Loomis, in honor of postmaster and saloon keeper James Oscar Loomis. Agriculture is mostly gone now, but many downtown businesses retain their original architecture, and the restored railroad depot helps keep Loomis's heritage alive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781531646066
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 09/23/2009
Pages: 130
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

In the spirit of preservation, the contributors to this volume have had the foresight to save photographs and memorabilia of Loomis for future generations. In this collection of vintage imagery, the Loomis Basin Historical Society shows a compelling view of early agricultural endeavors, railroads, mining, schools, and commerce in this foothill town. Most images are from the historical society's own archives, and some come from private collections of descendants of the original Gold Rush settlers.\

Table of Contents

Acknowlegments 6

Introduction 7

1 Influence of the Railroad 9

2 Agriculture 15

3 Street Scenes and Businesses 39

4 The Fire Department 69

5 Schools 73

6 Homes 87

7 Churches 109

8 Organizations and Sports 113

9 Quarries of the Loomis Area 123

Lommis through the Years 126

About the Loomis Basin Historical Society 127

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