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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, ...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by History Press (SC) (first published May 27th 2014)
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Feb 25, 2015 Nick rated it really liked it
This is a delightful local history, covering areas of what is now La Canada and La Crescenta.
Rather than cover a wide range of small stories, this volume focuses on a few families and places. Tales of a rainmaker, a deadly hotel, a castle in the hills, and a Civil War veteran turned land investor were at the core of the book, along with a few other stories.
About the only thing that would have made this book better would have been a larger page count, to permit more to be told in a couple of case
Beverly Diehl
Aug 24, 2014 Beverly Diehl rated it really liked it
Covering settlements and activities in the mid-late 1800's in what is now La Crescenta and La Canada-Flintridge, this book offers a fascinating look at everything from bears to bee-keeping. Filled with stories, newspaper articles and photographs, it also focuses on some of the - let's call them unigue - people who moved to what is still a fairly secluded part of Los Angeles County.

I'd recommend for local residents, or perhaps as a gift for people who used to live in the area.
Ashley Strosnider
Ashley Strosnider rated it really liked it
Jan 01, 2015
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