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In the heart of the Delta, between the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, the small town of Isleton boasts a fascinating history as well as the popular Crawdad Festival that draws thousands to the area each year. Built primarily by farmers who found the reclaimed marshland perfect for their agricultural endeavors, the community also became a center for Chinese customs and life when immigrants began to establish themselves in the area in the 1860s. The Chinese were soon followed by other ethnic groups, including Japanese, Philippino, Portuguese, and others who joined them in farming the land, working in the canneries, and raising their families. Though much smaller today than at its peak just prior to World War II, Isleton has made great efforts to preserve its unique character, and today many of its structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
ISBN: 9780738528632
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
The distinctive history of Isleton is illustrated here in more than 200 vintage photographs culled by local author and historian Bruce Crawford from the collections of the Isleton Historical Society, Isleton City Hall, local businesses, and community members. In this volume, striking images from Isleton's diverse past showcase its architecture, commerce, landmarks, and celebrations, capturing the singular spirit of the area's residents as well as the natural beauty of the land on which they live.
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