Covina Valley Citrus Industry

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Drawn by the California dream of golden sunshine and promise, many settlers came to the Covina Valley, where, after clearing the rocks, sagebrush, and cactus, they found rich alluvial soil. With the addition of water, everything grew in abundance. Citrus gradually became the best cash crop. This is the story of the men and women who made the citrus industry work in and around Covina, how they founded towns and eventually planted 25,000 acres of oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruits. They endured droughts, floods, freezes, insect invasions, and unscrupulous buyers who almost ruined them financially. Together they developed water resources and the first stockholder-owned citrus cooperative, and brought railroads, transforming the Covina Valley into a major citrus producing and processing center.
ISBN: 9780738574424
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 219
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Barbara Ann Hall, Ph.D., also wrote Arcadia Publishing's Images of America volume Covina and was curator of “Covina, Our Valley Before 1950,” the permanent historical photography exhibition at the Covina City Hall. Dr. Hall assembled this evocative collection of historical photographs, postcards, and citrus labels through the cooperation of the Azusa, Covina Valley, Glendora, and San Dimas Historical Societies, as well as private collectors.
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