Postcard History Series: East Contra Costa County

Carol A. Jensen

Ho for California! The terminus of the first overland immigrant pack train destined for California was John Marsh's adobe, Brentwood. Since 1841, East Contra Costa County, has been a grain and fruit basket to the world, a recreational playground for resort living, and a home for health and family life. Its wheat was exported for brewing Guinness beer, and fresh apricots, peaches, and cherries still bring produce fanciers for summer harvest. Weekenders houseboat, wakeboard, and fish through the region's thousands of miles of delta waterways. This sentimental history of the communities of Brentwood, Bethel Island, Byron, Discovery Bay, Knightsen, and Oakley reveals the importance of these California Delta communities in settling and developing the Golden State.

Carol A. Jensen is author of Arcadia Publishing Images of America: Byron Hot Springs. Working with local history enthusiasts, she has drawn from public and private postcard collections to capture small-town life. Historical details and anecdotes accompany the views to tell the interesting story of these fast-growing communities.

The price for this book is $19.99 per copy. All California Residents please add $1.70 (8.50%) Sales Tax per book.

Please add $5.00 shipping/handling for the first book and $1.00 for each additional book to cover USPS media mail, or $12 for priority mail.

Books may be picked up at the History Center during regular hours or shipped. Mail check or money order (made payable to "Contra Costa County Historical Society") to:

Contra Costa County Historical Society
724 Escobar Street
Martinez, CA 94553-1114

An historical service of the Contra Costa County Historical Society.

For more information:
Telephone: 925-229-1042
Fax: 925-229-1772

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