CALIFORNIA: A LOOK AT ITS EARLY YEARS. Alton Pryor. Softcover, 2000, Illus., 177 pp.
Travel with us over The Old Plank Road, a wooden highway across the shifting Imperial County sand dunes. If that road doesn't satisfy you, take a ride over the Old Ridge Route. You'll find either or both of them rather exciting.
We also have stories on two of California's visionaries, Ole Hanson and Amadeo Giannini. Ole Hanson knew from an early age what he wanted to do and he did it. Too bad it collapsed on him. Giannini started a bank that turned into the state's and the nation's largest financial empire.
The second worst disaster in California was the failure of the St. Francis Dam, where 450 people were lost amid the horrible destruction of homes and ranches. The faulty dam ruined the career of Los Angeles Water and Power engineer William Mulholland.
Other interesting stories inside: California's State Flower; Was California Stolen from the Mexicans; A City Built by a King; Alcatraz; The California-Nevada War and Gold in Southern California.