California History

A quarterly historical journal that publishes scholarly articles dedicated to the study and promotion of all aspects of California and Western history, from pre-Columbian to modern times.

Articles from Vol. 89, No. 3, Summer

A Short History of Lake Tahoe
A SHORT HISTORY OF LAKE TAHOE By Michael J. Makley (Reno and Las Vegas: University of Nevada Press, 2011, 192 pp., $21.95 paper) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] LAKE TAHOE IS KNOWN FOR its stunning beauty and its plethora of recreational opportunities,...
Bridging the Golden Gate: A Photo Essay
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE MOUTH OF THE BAY Long before the Golden Gate Bridge became part of the iconography of California and the West, the narrow strait that it spans between San Francisco and the Marin headlands...
(Building) a Better Mousetrap
You've heard the adage: "If you build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door." Widely employed as a metaphor for invention and innovation, the mousetrap grabs hold of the truth. Building one thing or another is human nature....
Covina Valley Citrus Industry
COVINA VALLEY CITRUS INDUSTRY By Barbara Ann Hall (Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2011, 128 pp., $21.99 paper) "Covina Valley Citrus Industry tells the story of how 25,000 acres of dry, rocky land covered with cactus and sagebrush were turned...
Donors
The California Historical Society is deeply grateful to the following individuals, corporations, foundations, and government and business organizations for their contributions. INDIVIDUALS $10,000 and above Mr. Jon Christensen, Palo Alto ...
Empires, Nations & Families: A History of the North American West, 1800-1860
EMPIRES, NATIONS & FAMILIES: A HISTORY OF THE NORTH AMERICAN WEST, 1800-1860 By Anne F. Hyde (Lincoln: University of Nebraska, 2011, 648 pp., $45.00) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Empires, Nations & Families lives up to the promise of its title,...
Everett Ruess: His Short Life, Mysterious Death, and Astonishing Afterlife
EVERETT RUESS: HIS SHORT LIFE, MYSTERIOUS DEATH, AND ASTONISHING AFTERLIFE By Philip L. Fradkin (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011, 296 pages, $24.95) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] AMERICANS LOVE TO CONTEMPLATE lost things--gold mines,...
Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS)
The Great Depression, like the contemporary economic crisis, struck a grievous blow to the building trades and professions in the United States, arresting construction projects throughout the country and leaving laborers and architects alike jobless....
How Local Politics Shape Federal Policy: Business, Power, & the Environment in Twentieth-Century Los Angeles
HOW LOCAL POLITICS SHAPE FEDERAL POLICY: BUSINESS, POWER, & THE ENVIRONMENT IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY LOS ANGELES By Sarah S. Elkind (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011, 288 pp., $45.00 cloth) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SARAH ELKIND'S...
"Women Who Build": Julia Morgan & Women's Institutions
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In 1922, Elsa Black, president of the Woman's Athletic Club of San Francisco, declared that her club's building stood as a testament to the "courage, valor, determination, business ability, integrity, optimism ... romance...