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One of California's earliest communities, Saratoga was settled before the Gold Rush. Water from the hillsides provided power for a mill, and Saratoga became a center for lumbering, for milling, and for paper manufacturing. By the Civil War, the community was known as a resort for summer homes of wealthy San Franciscans. Blessed with a wonderful climate, scenic terrain, and abundant natural springs, newcomers discovered it was possible to grow a wide variety of fruits, and hundreds of orchards appeared almost overnight. By 1900, Saratoga had the largest prune and apricot orchards known in America, and was home to Sunsweet. The flowering fruit trees inspired an annual Blossom Festival that brought thousands of visitors to the Saratoga area. An outstanding school system, wonderful climate, and a strong sense of community make Saratoga one of the most wonderful places to live in California.
ISBN: 9780738569635
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 218
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
April Halberstadt is a research historian, Santa Clara County Historic Heritage commissioner, and the author of 10 books. She consults with the Saratoga History Museum. Katie Alexander writes a weekly column for the Saratoga News that features historic photographs from the Saratoga History Museum collection. This is Katie's first major publication centered on local history.
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