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Between San Francisco and the Sierra Nevada stands the small farming community of Escalon. In the mid-1800s, miners and freight haulers traveled rough roads through this unpopulated part of the state to the foothills, much as tourists today travel its highways on their way to Yosemite National Park. Pioneer John Wheeler Jones settled here with his family in the late 1800s and was instrumental in the development and growth of agricultural production, the routing of the railroad through the area, and the creation of this crossroads community. John's son James chose the name Escalon, Spanish for "step" or "stepping stone," for this important gateway to the Sierra Nevada.
ISBN: 9780738559032
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Escalon resident Barbara Willis has assembled this visual chronicle of the city's history, incorporating entertaining and informative narratives with vintage images culled from the Escalon Historical Society and members of the community. Most of the photographs are from the archives of the Escalon Historical Museum, initially contributed by the original photographer, Angelo Dugo, for the museum's creation. Along with the contributions of other individuals, these stirring images tap the Escalon community and impart the spirit of this central California community to tell its pictorial history.
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