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Santa Margarita de Cortona was founded in 1775 as part of the original Spanish mission system. Its asistencia, in fact, has been considered a lost mission. Santa Margarita Ranch was later founded from a Mexican land grant. In 1889, the arrival of the Southern Pacific Railroad, with its terminus in Santa Margarita, created a boomtown with dance halls, blacksmiths, hotels, pool halls, saloons, and a jail. And with the popularity of auto travel half a century later, Santa Margarita was once again revitalized with garages, gas stations, motor inns, restaurants, and bars. It fell into a deep sleep, however, as Highway 101 bypassed the town in the mid-1950s. Landlocked by the 17,000-plus-acre Santa Margarita Ranch, the town has remained frozen in time until recently.
Number of Pages: 127
Genre: History, Photography
Sub-Genre: Subjects + Themes / Regional, USA / State + Local / West
Series Title: Images of America Series
Publisher: Arcadia Pub
Author: Cheri Roe
Street Date: June 27, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-01-0555
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