San Mateo County Coast

San Mateo County Coast

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Located on a peninsula between San Francisco and Santa Cruz counties in California, the County of San Mateo has a 55-mile-long western coastline. In this volume, coastal historian Smookler provides captions for archival and recent photographs (all b&w) that visually document the history of this narrow strip of habitable land between the mountains and the sea. The focus is on how the unique geology of the area has shaped its history. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Arcadia Publishing
From Pacifica to Pescadero and south to the Santa Cruz County line, San Mateo County has 75 miles of stunning, rugged coastline. Development has been minimal, but a detailed history lurks among these rocky coves, sandy

beaches, and barking sea lions. After European contact, Portuguese fishermen set up shop here, establishing themselves throughout the coast and pulling in a remarkable catch from the waters. Others soon joined and built the larger cities of Half Moon Bay and Pacifica, along with smaller communities like Montara, El Granada, and San Gregorio. Fishing and agriculture have coexisted

here for decades, along with government operations such as Coast Guard light stations, defense artillery bunkers, and the Air Force station at Pillar Point.

Publisher: Charleston, SC : Arcadia, c2005
ISBN: 9780738530611
Characteristics: 128 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm

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