Over a dozen years, frequent driving trips between Los Angeles and San Francisco cultivated and seasoned the historian's esteem for California's Great Central Valley and ripened her curiosity about how authentic travelers—witnesses of the land—understood the Valley's topographic variety, hydrology, ecosystems, and human cultures as they journeyed and documented what they saw. With quotations from a variety of observations, recollections, and meditations exposing the promise of place, the article points to an under-appreciated past, directing attention to changes wrought by humans, nature, and the passage of time.
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Research Article| February 01 2012
Between Horizons: Traveling the Great Central Valley
The author is editor of California History at Loyola Marymount University and curator emerita at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. This essay was her presidential address at the annual meeting of the Pacific Coast Branch, American Historical Association, in Seattle, on August 13, 2011.
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Pacific Historical Review (2012) 81 (1): 1–20.
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Janet Fireman; Between Horizons: Traveling the Great Central Valley. Pacific Historical Review 1 February 2012; 81 (1): 1–20. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/phr.2012.81.1.1
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