New from Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series is Lodi. In over 200 vintage photographs, local author Ralph A. Clark shares the history of Lodi. Also available is a set of 15 postcards for $7.99.
Originally founded as the town of Mokelumne in 1869, Lodi formed when a group of settlers persuaded the Central Pacific Railroad to build a route from Sacramento to Stockton through their land. Mokelumne changed its name to Lodi in 1874 and incorporated as a city in 1906.
Described early on as the queen city of the San Joaquin Valley, the Lodi area quickly boomed into an agricultural powerhouse, its fertile soil producing wheat, watermelons, orchards and wine grapes. Laura DeForce Gordon, the second female lawyer in California, called Lodi home, as did winemaking pioneer Robert Mondavi. Lodi is also the birthplace of A&W Root Beer, first sold by Roy Allen at his drugstore on Pine Street.
Today Lodi boasts over 75,000 acres of vineyards and 60 wineries, producing over 40 percent of California’s zinfandel grapes and making this town the zinfandel capital of the world.
Highlights of Lodi:
• The largest collection of historic photos in any one book on Lodi’s history
• Photos come from the collections of private individuals, Bank of Stockton, San Joaquin Historical Museum and the Lodi Library
• Showcases the work of Celia Crocker Thompson, an important local personality and photographer
• The first ever A&W Root Beer stand from the year 1919
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.
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