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A small town set along Interstate 80 in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Loomis anchors what was once an internationally known agricultural area, a distinction it gained after early settlers came for gold mining along the rivers. The Central Pacific Railroad soon laid tracks here, providing a means for transporting fruit crops to market. Established first as Pine Grove in the 1850s, the town later became Placer, then Smithville, and later Pino. This led to confusion with Reno, so in 1890 it officially became Loomis, in honor of postmaster and saloon keeper James Oscar Loomis. Agriculture is mostly gone now, but many downtown businesses retain their original architecture, and the restored railroad depot helps keep Loomis's heritage alive.
ISBN: 9780738570198
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 211
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
In the spirit of preservation, the contributors to this volume have had the foresight to save photographs and memorabilia of Loomis for future generations. In this collection of vintage imagery, the Loomis Basin Historical Society shows a compelling view of early agricultural endeavors, railroads, mining, schools, and commerce in this foothill town. Most images are from the historical society's own archives, and some come from private collections of descendants of the original Gold Rush settlers.
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