Jack London State Historic Park

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Famed novelist Jack London became America's highest-paid author in 1905, writing about adventures in the Klondike and the Russo-Japanese War and about sailing his self-designed boat halfway around the world. Yet perhaps one of London's finest legacies is his 1,400-acre ranch on the slopes of Sonoma Mountain in California. Sometimes called "Beauty Ranch" or the "Ranch of Good Intentions," the land, buildings, and house museums exemplify both early-20th-century life and London's passionate pioneering efforts in agriculture and architecture. Descendants of Eliza Shepard (London's stepsister and ranch manager) operated the ranch for decades. In 1959, Irving Shepard deeded 39 acres to California to create Jack London State Historic Park. Eventually, 1,400 acres were acquired. Today, more than 80,000 visitors annually enjoy the park, hiking, picnicking, horseback riding, and attending events and touring London's home, gravesite, and farm buildings.
ISBN: 9781467132626
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 205
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
In 2012, Valley of the Moon Natural History Association (VMNHA) became the first nonprofit in California to operate a state park. Elisa Stancil Levine, neighbor of the park and founder of the Jack London Lake Alliance, worked with Lou Leal, park historian; Greg Hayes, former supervising ranger at the park; the Shepard family; the Huntington Library; and California State Parks in creating this book.
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