Arcadia Publishing, 2003 - History - 128 pages
Along the winding Monongahela River and forty miles south of Pittsburgh lies California, Pennsylvania. Hopeful prospectors settled the area in 1849 and named their town in honor of those hunting gold out West. California, Pennsylvania traces the growth of this Mon Valley town and nearby communities from the days of boatbuilding, coal mines, and railroads to today. Drawing on the California Area Historical Society's extensive collection of old newspapers, municipal documents, and vintage photographs from the Harry Harris Photographic Collection, this volume also explores the history of early houses and local businesses, and the emergence of higher education from a state normal school into the California University of Pennsylvania.
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The Early Days
Around the Area
Business and Industry
Recreation and Sports
Prologue to the Future
Ailes American Legion Area Historical Society Arlington Hotel Atlanta Braves Bank baseball Bert Humphries boatyard borough BUGLE CORPS building built California Area Historical California High School California State Teachers California University Charles and Marguerite Christian Church Church of California Coal Center College campus Conestoga wagons congregation construction Courtesy Barry Niccolai Courtesy Charles Courtesy Roger Sealy David Hartman dedicated East Pike Run Elco farm Floyd Gillis Greenfield groceries Harry Harris Hornbake Krepps Liberty Streets Luke Wright Marchand Marguerite Cox McCrory Monongahela River Monongahela Valley Moose Brewery Newell Normal School OLD MAIN original Phillipsburg photograph shows Pike Run Township Pittsburgh Presbyterian Church Richard Wilkins riverboat Roscoe Route 43 Route 88 Second Street shown Sisson Southwestern State Normal station STERNWHEELER stone Teachers College Third Street THOMAS LILLEY TOM BOSWELL town University of Pennsylvania Vesta West Brownsville Wilkins Wood Street