Longtime local resident Jim Norris has compiled a book of vintage photographs which brings the small town history of Los Olivos to life. Titled “Images of America — Los Olivos” will take readers on a journey back through time, a time of simplicity and Los Olivos’ beginnings.
The book features more than 200 images collected by and donated to the author by local residents in his 30-year research of Los Olivos history. It shows Los Olivos from 1750 to today and includes images of the Gold Rush, state immigration, railroads, grain farming, row crops, wineries and more. It reveals the Victorian vernacular design charm the town has maintained over the years and showcases the Los Padres National Forest and the Santa Ynez Mountains that surround the town.
Through their Los Olivos-based Olive Press Publications, Norris and his wife, Lynne, have published more than 60 books and pamphlets related to the history of the Central California Coast.
The Norrises recently moved to Jackson, Calif.
“Los Olivos,” published by Arcadia Publishing, is available at area bookstores, independent retailers and online retailers or through Arcadia Publishing at 1-888-313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com. A portion of the proceeds are being donated to Preservation of Los Olivos.