Early Salinas by Gary S. Breschini - PDF and EPUB eBook

(Images of America: California)
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The city of Salinas is named for the broad saltwater slough that once seeped in from Monterey Bay, saturating this plain...

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Details of Early Salinas

Exact title of the book
Early Salinas
Book series
Images of America: California
Book author
Gary S. Breschini
Book edition
Paperback
Number of pages
128 pages
Language
English
Published
June 22nd 2005 by Arcadia Publishing (SC)
File size (in PDF)
512 kB
Early Salinas

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The city of Salinas is named for the broad saltwater slough that once seeped in from Monterey Bay, saturating this plain between the Santa Lucia and Gavilian Mountains. Originally used as range land for cattle, a town developed from a stage stop after the Gold Rush, and the drained land produced grain and other crops. After World War I, immensely profitable large-scale lettuce, broccoli, and artichoke production, known as green gold, made Salinas one of the wealthiest cities in the United States.

Isolated from its neighbors by mountains on both sides, early Salinas seemed a world unto itself, and its residents, both humble and wealthy, and the seemingly infinite green rows that surrounded it, provided similarly endless inspiration to novelist John Steinbeck, who recorded life here in the first half of the 20th century and imbued it with meaning.