California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic & Modern Names of the State

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Word Dancer Press, Nov 1, 1998 - Reference - 1676 pages
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The definitive gazetteer of California. This book lists more than 50,000 geographical features including topographical features such as ridges, peaks, canyons and valleys; water features such as streams, lakes, waterfalls and springs; and cultural features such as cities, towns, crossroads and railroad sidings.

Entries, divided into 11 multiple-county regions for ease of use, list general and specific locations for each feature as well as listing the United States government quadrangle map on which it appears. Many entries include information about who named the feature, when and why, as well as alternate or obsolete names. Each item of information is documented by citing the map, book or other source used.

Approximately 11,000 cross references provide easy access to secondary names, as well as to key words in multiword English-language names. The work contains bibliographic information for each of the thousands of references cited and is completely indexed.

This volume is useful to anyone interested in California history, geography or current events.

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I'm reviewing one tiny, wee bit of this book: the entry about the Dos Palos Y. I grew up there. The location is incorrect. The Y is 11-12 miles east of Los Banos and 5 miles north of Dos Palos. The Y is the spot where Highways 152 and 33 blend moving north and west, or split moving south and east. Before the highway(s) were moved north when I was a child, the junction formed the letter Y, hence the name. The section of frontage road left after the move was renamed Azusa Avenue. I would like to know the source for "Dos Palos Wye". I have never heard that and have described why it is a Y. I can only imagine it was in a correspondence and spelled phonetically.
I hope other entries are more accurate.
 

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