New from Arcadia Publishing’s Then & Now series is Modesto by Wayne A. Mathes and the McHenry Museum. Vintage images are compared and contrasted with modern-day photographs in this new book for a side-by-side look at local history in Modesto.
In 1870, the Central Pacific Railroad extended down through the Central Valley, choosing a spot on high ground to lay out a street grid for the new town of Modesto. The neighboring towns of Paradise and Tuolumne City soon picked up their buildings and hauled them to what became the county seat by 1872.
Comparing our present to our past is how we understand our history. Arcadia’s Then & Now series makes such local comparisons available. Books in this series offer a special view of American life by placing historical images side by side with contemporary photographs.
Chapters of Modesto include:
• An Instant Village
• A Thriving Town
• A City of Civic Pride
• The Depression and War Years
• All-America City
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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