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."

WITH THE FLOWERS AND TREES IN CALIFORNIA, by Charles Francis Saunders, 1914

"Vignes was a popular citizen in his time and lived in a house near the Los Angeles River with a fine old sycamore tree before it, of which he bragged as much as he did of his grape vines. The Spanish-American word for sycamore is aliso, and so he was nicknamed Don Luis del Aliso. The tree is long since swallowed up in the growth of the city..."

HISTORICAL IMPORT OF THE ORANGE INDUSTRY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, by Jessie Edna Boyd, 1922

"The wealth of this state was better known after the discovery of gold by James W. Marshall, January 1848. The gold rush quickly populated California and held the undivided interest in mining for several years to follow. It was not until the diggings became poor that attention was turned to agriculture and the mass of… Continue reading HISTORICAL IMPORT OF THE ORANGE INDUSTRY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, by Jessie Edna Boyd, 1922