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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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The only differences are the covers: the 40th anniversary edition has the illustration of a mountain on it and the 4th Edition has the orange "old timey" map on it. As well, the 40th anniversary edition has "Revised and Expanded by William Bright" on the cover, but inside on the title page it says "Revised and Enlarged by William Bright"---which is the same wording on the 4th edition cover and title page.
With a description that states "This anniversary edition concentrates on the [blah blah blah]" it's hard not think that the publishers are trying to mislead consumers into thinking this is different in some way from the 4th edition. It is not in any way different on the inside, only the outside. I don't know if the 4th edition is being "replaced" by the 40th anniversary edition, but anyone with a 4th edition should be aware nothing has changed with this "new" edition (which is not a 5th edition as Amazon's info states).
Other than that, this a great reference book!
Sanford Dorbin, Chico, California
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.
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This is the main resource for place name searches and their pedigree. If you need to find out where a place got its name this definitely is to go to source. Read morePublished on June 14, 2014 by Frederick Jee
As California natives we travel about the state a lot and wonder how did this place get its name? Or what does this Spanish mean? Problem solved.Published on May 1, 2014 by Rajeana Jensen
Has all the info you need. We recently went to, I should say "through" "Fiddletown" CA, and the question arose about the origin of the name.. It's here. Read morePublished on June 23, 2013 by james f
It is valuable to my research into local history. I wish there were more
complete description of the name origins.
Fascinating facts and lore of the State's cities, towns and so much more. Has much historical value to any interested in the Golden StatePublished on March 19, 2013 by Elaine Bukove
Used this book 30 yrs ago as an archaeologist, still a lot of fun to look up place names. Gave as a gift, recipient loved it. Nice coffee table book for easy access.Published on January 4, 2011 by KC