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Arcadia (Images of America) (Paperback)

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Santa Anita Rancho's famously ambitious and colorful owner, Elias Jackson Lucky Baldwin, had established a popular tourist attraction on his productive working ranch by the late 1800s. Baldwin planned to incorporate the section of his ranch known as Arcadia, but opponents feared that he would turn such a city into a gambling hell and booze pleasure park. However, the vote for city-hood was virtually unanimous, and Baldwin took over as mayor on July 27, 1903. Arcadia flourished as alcohol sales were approved, saloons and gambling halls remained open 24 hours a day, and Baldwin's ranch, racetrack, and Oakwood Hotel became popular with society's elite. After Baldwin's death in 1909, Arcadia's new leaders prohibited the sale of alcohol and steered the city in a less controversial direction. Agriculture, poultry farms, dairies, and land development became staples of the economy, and Arcadia gradually lost its rural simplicity, growing into a sophisticated, bustling city.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780738558066
ISBN-10: 0738558060
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (SC)
Publication Date: April 14th, 2008
Pages: 128
Language: English
Series: Images of America