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Michigan's Drive-In Theaters (Images of America Series)
Harry Skrdla

Arcadia Publishing, 2014

Few American phenomena are more evocative of time, place, and culture than the drive-in theater. From its origins in the Great Depression, through its peak in the 1950s and 1960s and ultimately its slow demise in the 1980s, the drive-in holds a unique place in the countrys collective past. Michigans drive-ins were a reflection of this time and place, ranging from tiny rural 200-car ozoners to sprawling 2,500-car behemoths that were masterpieces ...


Charleston: A Historic Walking Tour (Images of America)
Mary Preston Foster

Arcadia Publishing, 2005

Charleston: A Historic Walking Tour will help natives and visitors alike appreciate the history and residents of this beautiful city. With its architecture, palm trees, and cobblestone streets, Charleston is one of the South's great cultural destinations. Its ballrooms and benevolent society halls attest to grand periods of opulence and high living. The theater, libraries, museum, and college show an appreciation for culture and sophistication. ...


Houghton Lake (Images of America)
Deborah I. Gouin

Arcadia Publishing, 2014

Nestled among northern Michigans pine trees in Roscommon County is the states largest inland lake, Houghton Lake. Lumbermen made use of its 20,044 acres to move timber. They banked logs on the lake, the headwaters of the Muskegon River, during the winter cutting season and drove them downriver in the spring to southwestern lumber yards. As Houghton Lakes reputation for good fishing grew, visitors came to try their luck. By the mid-20th century, ...


Ithaca Radio (Images of America)
Peter King Steinhaus, Rick Sommers Steinhaus

Arcadia Publishing, 2014

From Long Island to Fiji, college students flocked to the sleepy little town of Ithaca to learn the how-tos and how-not-tos of broadcasting. From that influx came some of the future leaders and celebrities of the broadcasting industry. Television stars were born here, and some of radios future stars were nurtured to succeed in an industry that impacts the daily lives of Americans. Ithacas rich broadcasting history includes two college radio ...


Movie Studios of Culver City (Images of America Series)
Julie Lugo Cerra, Marc Wanamaker

Arcadia Publishing, 2011

After watching pioneer filmmaker Thomas Ince film one of his famous Westerns on Ballona Creek, city founder Harry Culver saw the economic base for his city. Culver announced plans for the city in 1913 and attracted three major movie studios to Culver City, along with smaller production companies. "The Heart of Screenland" is fittingly etched across the Culver City seal. These vintage images are a tour through the storied past of this company ...


Children of Ellis Island (Images of America)
Barry Moreno

Arcadia Publishing, 2005

Burdened with bundles and baskets, a million or more immigrant children passed through the often grim halls of Ellis Island. Having left behind their homes in Europe and other parts of the world, they made the voyage to America by steamer. Some came with parents or guardians. A few came as stowaways. But however they traveled, they found themselves a part of one of the grandest waves of human migration that the world has ever known. Children of ...


C.F. Martin & Co. (Images of America)
Dick Boak

Arcadia Publishing, 2014

The formula for C.F. Martin & Co.s success has always been an unparalleled commitment to precise handcraftsmanship blended with optimum tonewoods, innovation, and singular design. This family business has persevered from the Civil War through the present and remains the oldest surviving maker of stringed instruments in the world. It is the largest and most respected producer of acoustic guitars in America. The images in this book trace the ...


The Towers of Tuscany

New Arcadia Publishing, 2014

Set amid the twisting streets and sunlit piazzas of medieval Italy, The Towers of Tuscany tells the story of a woman who dares to follow her own path in the all-male domain of the painter’s workshop. Trained in secret as a painter, Sofia Carelli’s desire for freedom from her father’s workshop leads her to betray her passion and sink into a life of loveless drudgery with a husband who comes to despise her when she does not produce a son. ...


Building the Blue Ridge Parkway (NC) (Images of America)
Karen J. Hall, FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway Inc.

Arcadia Publishing, 2007

The Blue Ridge Parkway began as a dream in the late 1800s and became reality in 1983 when the 469-mile scenic highway was completed. Construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway began in September 1935 at Cumberland Knob. Heavy construction was done by contractors who won bids for the different projects along various sections of the parkway. Civilian Conservation Corps troops took care of the roadsides, landscaping, and structure building. As part of ...


Virginia Union University (Campus History)
Dr. Raymond Pierre Hylton

Arcadia Publishing, 2014

Since its founding by the American Baptist Home Mission Society in 1865, Virginia Union University has nurtured its students for nearly 150 years. Its first campus was established on the site of the Lumpkin slave prison in what was then the notorious Shockoe Bottom district of Richmond, Virginia, thus replacing a horrific purpose with one dedicated to education and enlightenment. Four historically black institutions came together into one ...


Detroit's Wartime Industry: Arsenal of Democracy (Images of America: Michigan)
Michael W. R. Davis

Arcadia Publishing, 2007

Just as Detroit symbolizes the U.S. automobile industry, during World War II it also came to stand for all American industry's conversion from civilian goods to war material. The label "Arsenal of Democracy" was coined by Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt in a fireside chat radio broadcast on December 29, 1940, nearly a year before the United States formally entered the war. Here is the pictorial story of one Detroiter's unique leadership in the ...


Bodie: 1859-1962 (Images of America)
Terri Lynn Geissinger

Arcadia Publishing, 2009

Nestled amongst the sage-covered, windswept hills of California’s Eastern Sierra is the site of one of the most notorious mining towns of the Old West. In 1859, gold was discovered in the treeless hills northeast of Mono Lake. By 1879, Bodie was a metropolis of nearly 10,000 souls and was briefly the third-largest city in California. Excitement was short-lived, however, and word soon spread that the mines had reached peak production. An exodus ...


Grandview (Images of America)
Ruth A. Dirk

Arcadia Publishing, 2014

Located midway between Yakima to the northwest and the Tri-Cities of Pasco, Kennewick, and Richland to the east, Grandview is central to the Northwests large urban centers of Seattle, Portland, and Spokane. The townsite was chosen in 1905 as the final stop on the Sunnyside branch of the local rail line. Early farmers were met with blowing sand and jackrabbits, but with the addition of irrigation, lush fruit orchards and champion corn soon ...


Capital Region Motorcycling (Images of America)
Mark A. Supley

Arcadia Publishing, 2014

The early 20th century was a time of greatness and prosperity for New Yorks Capital Region. Economically powerful cities like Albany and Schenectady were home to emergent companies that employed a growing population. This influx gave way to an abundance of stores and retail establishments that catered to newly settled residents. With the local economy experiencing unprecedented growth, people had discretionary income to be used for leisure ...


Slidell (Images of America)
Arriollia "Bonnie" Vanney

Arcadia Publishing, 2014

Slidells first settlement was established on Bayou Bonfouca in 1852, and by 1883, when the railroad was completed and the town was named, it already was dubbed the industrial capital of the South. Slidells port was busy with 314 sailing vessels per year traveling to the Port of New Orleans carrying lumber, bricks, and food. The train brought workers, settlers, and, in later years, tourists to the area. Nestled in the Ozone Belt, the fresh air ...


Yazoo (Images of America)
John E. Ellzey

Arcadia Publishing, 2014

With a diverse past, from Native American tribes to the first European explorers and settlers to the present day, Yazoo has always been intriguing. French explorers first named the river that flows through the area the River of the Yazous after the Yazoo Indian tribe, and the county and city were later named for the river. Yazoo County, established in 1823, is the largest county in Mississippi, situated in the west-central part of the state in ...


Mexican American Boxing in Los Angeles (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing))
Gene Aguilera

Arcadia Publishing, 2014

Welcome to the colorful, flamboyant, and wonderful world of Mexican American boxing in Los Angeles. From the minute they stepped into the ring, Mexican American fighters have electrified fans with their explosiveness and courage. These historical images bring to life a sociological culture consisting of knockouts, the Main Street Gym, the Olympic Auditorium, neighborhood rivalries, Mexican idols, posters, and promoters. Like a winding thread, ...


Along the Raritan River: (Images of America)
Jason J. Slesinski

Arcadia Publishing, 2014

The Raritan River is the largest river in New Jersey, flowing from the states western mountains for approximately 16 miles toward the tidewaters of New Brunswick, from which point it widens over 14 miles before reaching the Raritan Bay. By the end of the 20th century, this estuary, known as the Lower Raritan River, was one of the most polluted in the nation. The very industrialization that brought economic prosperity to the communities along the ...


Coney Island and Astroland (Images of America) (Images of America Series)
Charles Denson

Arcadia Publishing, 2011

Coney Island is a unique New York City neighborhood and a place of exciting innovation, where the roller coaster and the hot dog were introduced to the world, the glow of a million bare lightbulbs at Luna Park dazzled early visitors, and rocket rides at Astroland fueled intergalactic fantasies. Coney Island served as the pressure valve for New York, drawing millions to its famous beach on sweltering weekends. Astroland Park, created at the dawn ...


Willow Grove Park (PA) (Images of America)
The Old York Road Historical Society

Arcadia Publishing, 2006

Willow Grove Park illustrates the fascinating history of one of America's most famous amusement parks. Willow Grove Park was built in 1896 as a way of encouraging people to ride the trolley on weekends. This ingenious concept proved a remarkable success, and the park set the standard for providing first-class entertainment and amusement. Here John Philip Sousa, Victor Herbert, and Arthur Pryorgave daily musical concerts, while various rides ...



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