Niles, Fremont
Beautiful Niles Canyon in Fremont is a chosen spot. Jose de Jesus Vallejo chose it for the first mill town in Alta California, Joaquin Murieta slept here, and Leland Stanford chose it in 1869 for the last leg of the transcontinental railroad, the true "last spike" of the line linking the Atlantic to the Pacific. The home of the largest nursery in the West, Niles could also boast the first gravel mines in California and fine Art Deco tile production. In 1912 world famous Essanay Studios chose the oak-studded hills of Niles Canyon as the location for some of the most famous silent films of all time, including Charlie Chaplin's The Tramp, and the first Wild West movie stars strutted the dusty streets of Niles.
Arcadia Publishing
: 9780738529127
: Arcadia Publishing
: 10/20/2004
: California
: Images of America
: 200
: 128
: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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Author and historian Philip Holmes, who has published Two Centuries at Mission San Jose as well as decades of local history columns, has teamed up with landscape historian Jill M. Singleton, curator of the Museum of Local History in Fremont. Together they have selected the best images from the city's impressive photographic archives to create a delightful visual narrative of this uniquely historic place.
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