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Nestled between the capital city of Sacramento and California's famous Sierra foothills, Orangevale continues as a semirural community in the ever-suburbanizing Sacramento Valley. Some of Sacramento's most prestigious captains of industry formed the Orange Vale Colonization Company in 1887 to sell off this agricultural "colony." With promises of a water system, modern infrastructure, and beautiful homes, these boosters advertised a pastoral paradise where colonists could grow prized crops, escape the buzz of the city, build a home, and raise a family in the country without sacrificing a short commute. Farming remained profitable until nature wreaked havoc during the Depression by freezing most of the harvest. While some crops and orchards survived, the construction of bridges, highways, and large business centers gradually transformed this simple town into a modern suburb, where residents still enjoy a rural, small-town feel.
ISBN: 9780738546964
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
In this collection of vintage images, coauthors Paul J. P. Sandul and Tory D. Swim, public history doctoral candidates at University of California Santa Barbara and California State University Sacramento, have uncovered a wealth of images with the cooperation of local residents, the Sacramento Archives and Museum Collections Center, and other local organizations.
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