California in the 1930s: The WPA Guide to the Golden State

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Tour 1

Westport—Fort Bragg—Point Arena—San Francisco—Santa Cruz— Monterey—Carmel—San Simeon—Morro Bay—San Luis Obispo— Las Cruces; 554.5 m. State I,

Roadbed paved except for stretches between Pisrao Beach and Las Cruces, winding continuously, with frequent sharp turns; occasional slides during rainy season. Southern Pacific Lines parallel route between Davenport and Pacific Grove. Accommodations limited except in larger towns.

State I skirts closely the waters of the Pacific. It swings outward around headlands and inland past sandy-edged coves in a succession of hairpin curves; it climbs barren slopes and dips into brush-choked ravines. At times it edges along sheer bluffs high above the surf. Eastward, wind-swept hills, wooded only in patches, rise to the timbered crests of the Coast Range. After the first rains these hills are briefly green; at other times their slopes are brown with dried grass, closecropped by grazing sheep.

Walled off by mountains, the narrow coastal shelf is sparsely settled except around San Francisco and Monterey Bays. The half-primitive ways of the seventies and eighties, when lumbering, fishing, and sheep raising flourished, linger on in the isolated villages and farms. The region now affords only a meager living to its hard-working inhabitants. Along the northern section, where redwoods grow down to the sea in forest-choked ravines, the lumber towns at the mouths of rivers, once shipping points for logs hauled by narrow-gage railways from the forested hinterland, are sinking into decay beside abandoned mills.

Fishing is still a gainful pursuit at such points as Noyo, Tomales Bay, Monterey, and Half Moon Bay. Flocks of sheep roam over the

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations ix
  • Maps xiii
  • General Information xv
  • Calendar of Events xix
  • A Guide to Recreation xxi
  • Preface 1939 xxix
  • Editorial Staff xxxi
  • Introduction xxxiii
  • Part I - California- From Past to Present 1
  • El Dorado Up to Date 3
  • Natural Setting and Conservation 8
  • The First Californians 33
  • California’s Last Four Centuries 41
  • Riches from the Soil 66
  • Industry and Finance 79
  • From Clipper Ship to Clipper Plane 87
  • Workingmen 95
  • Press and Radio 109
  • The Movies 120
  • Education 131
  • The Arts 139
  • Architecture 167
  • Part II - Signposts to City Scenes 177
  • Berkeley 179
  • Fresno 188
  • Hollywood 192
  • Long Beach 201
  • Los Angeles 206
  • Monterey 230
  • Oakland 237
  • Pasadena 245
  • Sacramento 250
  • San Diego 258
  • San Francisco 265
  • San Jose 298
  • Santa Barbara 304
  • Stockton 311
  • Part III - Up and Down the State 315
  • Tour 1 317
  • Death Valley National Monument 645
  • Sequoia and General Grant National Parks 655
  • Yosemite National Park 667
  • Golden Gate International Exposition 680
  • Part IV - Appendices 685
  • Chronology 687
  • A Select Reading List of California Books 694
  • Index 699
  • Agriculture *
  • Education *
  • Cities I *
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  • History *
  • Industry; Commerce and Transportation *
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