The San Joaquin Valley

David Igler

in Industrial Cowboys

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780520226586
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520938939 | DOI:
The San Joaquin Valley

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This chapter begins by describing the San Joaquin Valley, where “there were wild horses and elk that can be seen running in every direction,” and then tells of how Henry Miller remembers the said valley—he recognized the potential for vast wealth when he gazed at the natural landscape. Next, it explains that a long history of natural change and natural extremes linked the seemingly wild landscape Miller remembered to the highly managed landscape of later decades. The chapter then notes that the boundless and seemingly static landscape Americans entered in the 1850s was in fact a remarkably complex and evolving region.

Keywords: San Joaquin Valley; Henry Miller; wealth; natural landscape; managed landscape; 1850s

Chapter.  6686 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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