Frontier Days in Crescenta Valley: Portraits of Life in the Foothills

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Modern Crescenta Valley practically defines the notion of quiet suburbia with its lovely homes and tree-lined streets. Yet the communities that lie north of Los Angeles between the Verdugo and San Gabriel Mountains once formed a vast, isolated, treeless, windstorm-swept dell. The settlers who stayed in this valley found day-to-day subsistence challenging. They farmed, hunted, tried bee ranching, gathered greasewood, cultivated vineyards and dodged rattlesnakes. As settlement in the area continued to develop, such refinements as literature and photography flourished. Join author Jo Anne Sadler as she brings the Valley's frontier days to life, recounting such quirks as a visit from a "rainmaker" and the reasons behind the construction of the gaudy local landmark the Gould Castle.
ISBN: 9781626195080
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: California
Series: American Chronicles
Images: 43
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Jo Anne Sadler is the author of "Crescenta Valley Pioneers & Their Legacies" and is currently president of the historical society of the Crescenta Valley. Her long-term interest in family history and immigration led to her being active in the historical society and researching the nineteenth-century history of the Crescenta Valley and the San Gabriel foothills.
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