True Tales of California Coastside State Parks

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The beautiful landscapes of central California’s Coastside state parks were once home to forgotten pioneers and unique industries. The tumultuous personal life of Robert Mills didn’t hinder his commitment to his dairy business in Half Moon Bay, now the Burleigh H. Murray Ranch State Park. And the Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park, named after a shipwreck, remains a beacon of architectural beauty more than a century later. From hideaways for freedom fighters rebelling against the Spanish to the site of several booming lumber operations, Coastside parks have long been an integral part of California’s history. Join author JoAnn Semones as she explores the trailblazers and innovators behind these stunning parks.
ISBN: 9781467153034
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: California
Series: Natural History
Images: 42
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
JoAnn Semones, PhD, is best known for her series about shipwrecks at lighthouses along the central California coast published by Glencannon Press. JoAnn’s stories have appeared in a variety of historical publications. She is featured in a video as part of the “Ships of the World” exhibit at the San Mateo County History Museum. She is also a consultant for California State Parks and the Coastside State Parks Association. For more information, visit her website at
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