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California Place Names: The Origin and Etymology of Current Geographical Names, Fourth edition Hardcover – August 20, 1998
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And that's where this book comes in: if you wonder where something got its name, you look it up. Some of them may surprise you. Learning why and how things were named actually teaches you a lot about California history, so this is a good book for that curious 11-year-old in your life.
It's no trivial guide, though: it has ample information and hefty research, but it's also lovingly detailed, too (I love the entry on the way the Yuba River's parts used to be named).
You could spend hours looking things up. I did, and so has everyone else I've given this book to.
complete description of the name origins.
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This is a very handy reference book. I use it far more often than I thought I would.Published on January 8, 2008 by Stephen Hoag
This book is an excellent resource for people who are researching for a book/article about California or just curious why places were named as they were.Published on November 22, 2007 by RR Historian