An Illustrated history of Southern California's Inland Empire
By Rob Leicester Wagner
This gorgeous oversized book chronicles the Inland Empire's transition from a wild desert wilderness inhabited by Native Americans, sagebrush and adobes, to it's development into the vibrant economic and industrial engine that it is today. Lavishly illustrated with vintage photographs, it traces the monumental transformation of the region in its passage through times of pioneer settlement, the dawn of an agrarian age, development of railroads and industry, and the founding of the villages that would become pulsating communities with a population of millions. The social and economic revolution of a century is recounted as readers are ushered through the reign of King Citrus, to the retreat of the groves that ran ahead of the tide of California-bound immigrants, business and commerce and then forever disappeared.