This CD contains the page images and searchable text from
a 110-page, photo-illustrated book published by the leading local newspaper, the Union Democrat, in 1909 to tout the beauties, prosperity, and enterprises of this mountain county. It begins with a description and photographs of the mountain glories of Hetch Hetchy, and with a tour of the major rivers: the Tuolumne and Stanislaus. Next is a report on the development of the water resources of the region and their application to mining, irrigation, and the new industry of electric power generation.
Twenty-five pages show and tell the history and status of the county's mining industries: gold, copper, marble and lime. Several pages cover the lumbering industry and the logging railroads, and the Sierra Railroad is described. Woven into the statistical report on the county is a tally of the pounds, tons, and dollar value of its various products. The local educational system is described and the proprietors of key businesses are listed.
The book shows us the key communities of the county: Sonora, Columbia, Soulsbyville, Tuolumne, Jamestown, Tuttletown, Campo Seco, Quartz Mountain, Stent, Chinese Camp, Jacksonville, Big Oak Flat, Groveland, and Confidence. Photographs include churches, schools, businesses, and homes of these towns. Also included are a street map of Sonora, general views of several towns, and a map of the reservoirs, ditches, and transmission lines of the Tuolumne Water Power Company.
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