Author: Mary Contini Gordon
Publisher: Wheatmark, Inc.
Release Date: 2017-08-01
"Wine was free, but we had to pay for water." Joe Chiriaco and his thirteen siblings heard this from their Italian immigrant father as he recounted his ocean journey to America. In the face of limited water and rudimentary dirt roads, Joe and his Norwegian wife, Ruth Bergseid, founded Chiriaco Summit in the 1930s, a desert travel oasis on today's Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Los Angeles, promising to serve the world on wheels. The twenty-four-seven challenges are lightened with the courtship of two feisty lovers, the frolicking of youngsters in the desert, more loves, and the juxtaposition of some very imposing personalities, including those of Joe Chiriaco and General Patton. After moving through new aqueducts and highways, military camps, societal upheavals, and a welcome new set of hard-working immigrants, the twenty-first century brings provisions for electric cars, modern aircraft, and ATV facilities outside Joshua Tree National Park from whence the first Summit waters flowed.
Author: T. R. Shannon
Release Date: 2013-02-25
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
T.R. Shannon joined the San Jose California Highway Patrol in July 1966, and transferred to the San Andreas Area CHP office two years later, where he’d stay for the next twenty-one years. During that time, he drove about 750,000 miles on state highways and county roads, patrolling the most varied climate and terrain in California. Through hot summers, freezing winters, in the mountains, and in the grasslands, he thought fast, navigated ethical quandaries, and believed in and always strived to enforce the law without fear or favor. In this collection of 128 short stories, he looks back at high-speed pursuits, heart-breaking traffic accidents, physical confrontations, unsolved murders, and other events—from the routine to the unbelievable. Some of the people he arrested—and some of the people he saw die—he shed no tears for, but others—like the first person he arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, earned his sympathy. An officer’s job involves much more than writing tickets, investigating sometimes minor—but too often tragic—traffic accidents, and helping disabled motorists—although all those things are critical parts of the job highlighted in Cow County Chip.
Author: T. Scott Bryan
Publisher: University Press of Colorado
Release Date: 2009-12-15
Originally published in 1995, soon after Death Valley National Park became the fifty-third park in the U.S. park system, The Explorer’s Guide to Death Valley National Park was the first complete guidebook available for this spectacular area.Now in its second edition, this is still the only book that includes all aspects of the park. Much more than just a guidebook, it covers the park’s cultural history, botany and zoology, hiking and biking opportunities, and more. Information is provided for all of Death Valley’s visitors, from first-time travelers just learning about the area to those who are returning for in-depth explorations.Rewritten, reorganized, and revised, the book includes updated point-to-point logs for every road within and around the park, as well as new maps more accurate than those in any other publication. With extensive input from National Park Service resource management, law enforcement, and interpretive personnel, as well as a thorough bibliography for suggested reading, The Explorer’s Guide to Death Valley National Park, Second Edition is the most up-to-date, accurate, and comprehensive guide available for this national treasure.
Author: Susan R. Schrepfer
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
Release Date: 2003-04-01
"This is not a simple or ordinary history of a conservation crusade. Schrepfer very ably traces the changes in scientific wisdom from nineteenth-century romanticism and teleological evolutionism to more current ecological dynamism—and the influence of those intellectual developments on political history. . . . The subject is important—much broader than the title suggests—and so is the book."—American Historical Review
Author: David F. Myrick
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
Release Date: 2007
Part of a two-volume set first published in 1962/63, this book offers a history of the railroads of Nevada and Eastern California, as well as the sites and personalities encountered along the routes. This volume covers the sprawling network of railroads in the northern areas.
Author: Matt Danielsson
Publisher: The Mountaineers Books
Release Date: 2006-02-15
Genre: Sports & Recreation
* Northern CA waterfalls reached by car, on foot, or by canoe or raft * Falls rated from one to five stars for their appeal * At-a-glance table for selecting waterfalls by scenic rating, form, how to access, best season, and waterfall type * Organized according to highway routes and popular day trip or vacation itineraries in each region On the road and seeking prime waterfall drive-up views? Feeling like a short stroll or longer hike to bask in a refreshing spray up close? Looking for a beautiful backdrop for a family picnic? Waterfall Lover's Guide to Northern California will tell you where to find the falls that fit the occasion. To help you select, each waterfall is keyed for accessibility by car, on foot, by canoe, or raft, and rated for magnitude and aesthetic value. The Danielssons note which falls can be seen from the road, cast a rainbow from their base, pour directly into the Pacific Ocean, or spin wheels of water along their flow.