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Several times in the late 20th century, Corona was cited as the fastest-growing city in California, doubling and tripling its former sleepy-town size of around 25,000 in the 1970s to 150,000 in a matter of just decades. Corona has come a long way from its former offshoot identity as South Riverside in the late 19th century. Incorporated as Corona in 1896, itsurvived as a dry-farming community until the arrival of citrus crops. Its status as a way station for travelers between Los Angeles and the outlying desert communities was dramatically altered in the mid-1910s when it became an internationally recognized road-racing draw for the likes of Barney Oldfield and other great speedsters of the day. As abedroom community today for workers in Orange and Los Angeles Counties, it is virtually a prototype of Southern California suburban growth.
ISBN: 9780738529912
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author and local historian Mary Bryner Winn has written history articles for The Press-Enterprise in Riverside and the Corona-Norco Independent. To create this photographic excursion into Corona's colorful past, she worked closely with the staff of the Corona Public Library's W.D. Addison Heritage Room, under the auspices of the Corona Historic Preservation Society.
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