TANGIBLE MEMORIES: Californians and their Gardens, 1800-1950, by Judith M. Taylor and Harry Morton Butterfield

"California may be the golden state but it is also a garden state. Innumerable gardens have been made since the Europeans first came, starting with the Franciscan missionaries. The gold rush was the defining period, leading to immense expenditures by newly rich miners."


"Up Aliso St. by the forgotten spot where the giant sycamores of the Vignes Ranch once flourished the party proceeded past gas plants, iron foundries, laundries, junk yards and the Union Station. People of 50 different races... gazed at the strange little group in its boots, tunics and feathered hats, carrying the red and yellow standard of imperial Spain."

CAN THE L.A. RIVER BE SAVED? by Mike Davis, 1989

"Lewis Macadams points toward the ancient smokestack of the Edison Electric Plant. Thick grids of trackage, classification and storage yards, lumber and produce depots, breweries, foundries, and slum housing. Sixty thousand blue-collar workers and their families were crowded in the stretch of downtown between the river and Alameda Street from Elysian Park to Washington Boulevard."