REFERENCES AND RESOURCES
In one way or another all the information in our website can be attributed to any number of the websites, books, news and articles, historical societies, or history hunters found here. I’d like to make sure that credit is given to the myriad of resources and people that have helped enrich our understanding and facilitate our ability to share it with you.
Although we are always sad to leave, a part of the fun is discovering more about a site or region after we’ve visited. Most National, State, and Local Parks and Landmarks & Historical Sites have a visitor center. What trip wouldn’t be complete without a visit?
The internet is by far our greatest source of information –it helps cross check and validate information. Its very essence (that vastness of information) is also a detriment when trying to discover pointed and site/topic specific information. Lets face it, we cannot live on a wikipedia diet alone!
Park Rangers, Docents and Volunteers at those locations are a wealth of insight and the book section of those Visitor Centers are typically specific to that site/park –in other words, curated reading lists.
Below is a list/summary of books that I picked up at these visitor centers through our many travels, and I highly recommend and encourage that you do too. Many of these are specific to an area/region and therefore immeasurably helpful resources.
Each of the books listed below are available for purchase through Amazon in either hard copy or Kindle versions. Click on the link and away you go! Your experience should not start and stop upon visiting and later exiting the site. Enjoy the insight and perspectives provided by these authors.
Adobe Days: Being the Truthful Narrative of the Events in the Life of a California Girl on a Sheep Ranch and in El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles While it was Yet a Small and Humble Town by Sarah Bixby Smith
California Geology & Natural History
Biographies & Auto-Biographies
United States History
History & Sociology
Below is a collection of news and articles we’ve come across in reference to the multitude of historically designated, and otherwise, sites/location around California.
Los Angeles County
Banning Park (#147)
Old Mill (#302)
E.J. Baldwin’s Queen Anne Cottage (#367)
Cecile B. Demille Film Studio (#554)
The Cascades (#653)
San Fernando Cemetery (#753)
S.S. Catalina (#894)
St. Francis Damn Disaster (#919)
Site of Llano del Rio Cooperative Colony (#933)
Old Trapper’s Lodge (#939)
Reform School for Juvenile Offenders (Fred C. Nelles School) (#947)
Adamson House at Malibu Lagoon State Beach (#966)
Navy and Marie Corps Reserve Center (#972)
Frank Lloyd Wright Case Study Ennis House (#1011)
San Diego County
San Mateo County
Santa Clara County
Sites & Points of Interest
Other / Misc. Articles
11 Places You Have to See in the California Desert
A Guide to Earthquake Tourism Along the San Andreas Fault
A Walk Along Long Beach’s Gaudy, Tawdry, Bawdy Pike
Inventing LA” The Chandlers and Their Times
Protecting Old Growth Forests at Del Norte Coast Redwood State Park
The Oak Trees of Southern California
The Protected Petroglyphs of China Lake Naval Base
Magazines & Other Resources
Much of the history and many of the places in California have additional designations -some national, some natural, and others with world renown. The fun in our journey is discovering, time and again, a place which serves a broader perspective, acknowledgement and dialogue. Below are sites and directories that provide the majority of the research throughout our website.
Historic Engineering Landmarks – American Society of Civil Engineers (ACSE)
Petroleum Production Pioneers – American Oil & Gas Historical Society (AOGHS)
This fun loving motley crew has in one way or another inspired and stoked our want for more California History. The group runs the spectrum when it comes to careers, age, and even where in “the hunt” they currently stand. We thank each and everyone of them for the insight they’ve shared with us, the (often times) hysterical stories of “the hunt” and their passion.