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Grand Ventures: The Banning Family and the Shaping of Southern California
by Tom Sitton
“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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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