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Arcadia Publishing, 2007 - History - 127 pages
Covina began as a coffee plantation carved out of Rancho La Puente, which John Rowland had purchased from California's Mexican government. Rowland later shared the land with his friend and partner William Workman, and after Rowland's death, his widow, Charlotte, sold 5,500 acres to Julian and Antonio Badillo, on which they attempted unsuccessfully to grow coffee. Joseph Swift Phillips purchased 2,000 acres of the Badillo land, subdivided the tract, and laid out Covina's town site. Covina came to grow, process, and ship eight percent of California's citrus, transforming into a farming community that was neither rural nor urban. Residents established cultural, social, and civic organizations, founded a scientific study group and a literary society, and even built an opera house.

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This rare collection of previously unpublished photographs is drawn from various public and private collections in the area. Author Barbara Ann Hall, Ph.D., is curator of The Vintage Years, Covina before 1950, a photograph exhibition in Covina City Hall. She was senior author of Mt. San Antonio College, the First Fifty Years, and she created the traveling exhibition Our Valley before 1949.

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