Rising 2,000 feet above the rural San Mateo County countryside, Kings Mountain rests atop the redwood-ribbed backbone of the California Coastal Mountain Range. Despite inhospitable terrain, its forests lured Spanish padres who envisioned a chain of missions along the California coast. The community grew as its stately Sequoia sempervirens toppled before the influx of sawmills that sprang up in the 1850s. Named for early entrepreneurs Frank and Honora King, the mountain’s story features rough-and-tumble sawyers, genteel dairy farmers, ghost towns, subdivisions, summer cabins, schools, and storied hermits. The celebrated annual art fair began in 1963 to raise funds for fire protection and grew into a nationally respected event that draws thousands.
Arcadia Publishing
: 9780738558295
: Arcadia Publishing
: 08/25/2008
: California
: Images of America
: 200 Black And White
: 128
: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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Writer and journalist Stacy Trevenon, a 25-year San Mateo County coastal resident, has covered the Kings Mountain area and art fair for 20 years for the Half Moon Bay Review and is active with the Half Moon Bay Rotary Club. With rare photographs and documents drawn from private collections, the San Mateo County Historical Association archives, the Woodside Community Museum, and Kings Mountain business magnate and historian Kenneth L. Fisher, Trevenon salutes and brings alive this unique wooded enclave’s past.
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