Grand Ventures: The Banning Family and the Shaping of Southern California
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Grand Ventures: The Banning Family and the Shaping of Southern California

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“A massive frame, dynamic in action, a keen brain, violent passions, and an abundant heart”—in the eyes of one of his contemporaries, Phineas Banning (1830-1885) was a figure larger than life. Banning played a crucial role in Southern California, not only through the blood-and-guts work of building the region's mercantile and transportation infrastructure but also by envis...more
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published September 10th 2010 by Huntington Library Press (first published June 1st 2010)
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Paula
I have long been interested in California history, at least its history post-Gold Rush, since my ancestors didn't start coming here until after that period. One of my great-grandfathers was a gold miner, but not until the 1880's or so I believe. Anyway, I heard about this book when a patron came and requested it. As soon as she left, I requested a copy for myself. The subtitle of the book is "The Banning Family and the Shaping of Southern California", and I realized that although I had heard of...more
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