San Mateo County Coast

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Arcadia Publishing, 2005 - History - 128 pages
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From Pacifica to Pescadero and south to the Santa Cruz County line, San Mateo County has 75 miles of stunning, rugged coastline. Development has been minimal, but a detailed history lurks among these rocky coves, sandy
beaches, and barking sea lions. After European contact, Portuguese fishermen set up shop here, establishing themselves throughout the coast and pulling in a remarkable catch from the waters. Others soon joined and built the larger cities of Half Moon Bay and Pacifica, along with smaller communities like Montara, El Granada, and San Gregorio. Fishing and agriculture have coexisted
here for decades, along with government operations such as Coast Guard light stations, defense artillery bunkers, and the Air Force station at Pillar Point.

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I find it interesting that this book has a copyright but in reviewing, I found a picture of my father and can't make a copy of it...... I asked him about it, he has another picture, from the same day but different positioning. He personally did not give permission to use it. The person that provided the picture was not the original photographer. The book still interested me, so I found it used and ordered it. Looking forward to receiving it. Lot's of history of the Coast before and during my time there.  


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About the author (2005)

Coastal historian Michael Smookler, author of Montara, presents a fantastic collection of images that detail the coast as it was and is today. Along the way are stories of one-room coastal schools, the famed Maverick's surfing contests, rumrunners hiding their caches in dark coves during Prohibition, and the innovative industries that flourish today.

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