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North Coast is subject of new histories

  • Four H goats during the Kiddie Parade during Paul Bunyan Days held in Fort Bragg, Sept. 3, 2011.

In every town, there are troves of old photographs, and every picture tells a story.

A photo from 1910 shows a sailing ship loading lumber from Landing Wharf in Fort Bragg, once a center of milling and shipping for the lumber industry. A series of black-and-white pictures offer a glimpse of daily life at the Point Arena Lighthouse in the early 1900s.

It's almost like time travel, and each trip costs just $21.99.

Arcadia Publishing, the leading local history publisher in the United States, has published more than 8,500 titles in its "Images of America" series, each by a local author from the town featured. Every edition contains 180 to 240 photographs in a 128-page book.

One of the newest entries in the series is "Images of America: Fort Bragg," released last month.

The volume was written by Sylvia Bartley, who worked in Fort Bragg as a high school teacher, principal and college teacher in the 1970s, and a photojournalist in the U.S. and Latin America in 1980s. Since 1991, she been co-director of a Mendocino County historical preservation nonprofit.

The book offers a vivid and succinct visual history of 19th- and 20th-century 1ife on the Northern California coast.

The very first photo in the Fort Bragg book is an 1863 view of Big Eel River from the Pomo village of Bul-Dam. And the last picture is a 1952 aerial view of a Union Lumber Company mill site at Fort Bragg. The mill closed in 2002.

Another recent release in the series is "Images in America: Point Arena Lighthouse," written by Merita Whatley.

Previously published entries include several on Santa Rosa, as well as volumes for Rohnert Park, Cotati, Windsor, Graton, Sebastopol, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Forestville, the Sonoma Valley, the Russian River and more.

For more information, visit www.arcadiapublishing.com/series/Images-of-America.


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