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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (October 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738530514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738530512
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,988,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Twenty-year Curtis Park resident Dan Murphy, a board member of the Sierra Curtis Neighborhood Association, presents here a stirring collection of vintage images and historical information on Curtis Park's past. Both

residents and visitors alike are sure to enjoy this unique visual retrospective.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jocelyn M. Isidro on August 9, 2006
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Curtis Park's resident historian Dan Murphy shows how his pleasant neighborhood of well-built homes and shady streets evolved from pioneer land-grant ranches, to rural country suburbs, to today's vibrant and contemporary city district.

Murphy brings readers on a time trip from the 1850's to the present day in a series of handsome old photos, maps, and memorabilia. And he thoughtfully explores the way neighborhoods are shaped by changes in transportation over time.

He was lucky enough to find descendents of some of the original seven land owners of the area now known as Curtis Park, who shared wonderful photos with him.

All the photos are great, but some stand out as particularly noteworthy. One is an 1870 shot of a busy hay threshing operation on the Curtis Ranch where the Bret Harte School now stands. A magnificent horse, workers covered in hay dust, and old steam farm machinery show what a serious business farming was.

Another priceless photo is of master craftsman and builder Frank Williams (never to be called Squeaky in his presence unless picking a fight). Williams is astride a new motorcycle in front of a half-finished building project with his workers, for whom he just bought motorcycles as well.

Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of his book is the focus on the metamorphosis of neighborhoods over time by transportation.

For instance, during the late 1800's, when horse and buggy rigs and wagons were the primary mode of transit, homes were built with alley access from the rear of their lots, to separate the sometimes unsightly carriage houses and utilitarian activities from dwellings. Homes were built with large porches fronting the street, so neighbors could socialize with passersby.
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This is an exceptionally informational historical book for me. I grew up in that area and there were so many historical facts I did not know and this book was very thorough. In fact, in one of the pictures, probably in the 50's, was a picture of a baseball team, Elks, and two of my brothers' pictures are in there with the team. Thank you for a great book! Lois Leonard
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