The Dictionary of California Land Names; revised and enlarged
by Hanna, Phil Townsend, comp.
Los Angeles: The Automobile Club of Southern California. Very Good+ in Good dj. 1951. Second Edition. Hardcover. [light shelfwear, moderate age-toning to edges of text block, one-time owner's signature at top of ffep; jacket worn at edges and corners, partially split along front foldover, a bit of paper loss at spine ends, spine slightly faded, surface rubbing/scratching, etc.]. Focusing on California place names that aren't just "pure natural descriptions," this volume identifies about 3,000, and "provides greater or lesser information on the origin and/or meaning of some 2,730," including "information on the 500 Spanish and Mexican ranch grants, the names of which do not appear on commonly consulted maps, but from which many important and poetic land names stem. Herein, too, will be found located and described about 500 mining camps of the gold-rush period, and a vast number of boom towns of the [1880s], the majority of which have completely disappeared, if they ever existed. And finally there is an extensive category of obsolete names -- designations that appear in narratives, chronicles, and other books and documents, but not on modern maps." . (Inventory #: 24624)
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