The History of Fort Bragg Unfolds in New Book

Local author shares the history using collection of rare, vintage images
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Jan. 10, 2014 - PRLog -- New to Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series is Fort Bragg from local author Sylvia E. Bartley.  The pictorial history chronicles the California area in more than 200 vintage images and allows modern day readers to glimpse scenes from the past.

This visual history book takes readers on a historical journey of the area; from1857, when Fort Bragg was an Army post on the Mendocino Indian Reservation, to recent the logging history that led to the area’s growth, to modern images of the town as a set for Hollywood movies.  The collection of vintage images has been culled from private collections, the Fort Bragg-Mendocino Coast Historical Society and the City of Fort Bragg archives.  The book includes information on how the city of Fort Bragg sprang up around the lumber mills and how the world-renown Dollar Shipping Lines started in the area.

Due to the beautiful scenery of redwood forests and ocean views, photographers, artists and writers documented the “far West.”  Author Sylvia Bartley, has presented these scenes of yesterday along side modern images showing the area’s modern views and pull as a tourist town.  She hopes this work will “encourage others to pursue their historical interests, broaden their personal knowledge and understanding of themselves in their world and light a spark in others to explore and share their own discoveries.”

Highlights of Fort Bragg include:

•Images from nationally and regionally recognized photographers such as: E.S. Curtis, C.E. Watkins, S. U. Bunnel, A.O. Carpenter, H.H. Wonacott and many others.
•Inside views of a mill town, logging life and invented local celebrations, such as Paul Bunyan Days.
•The school buildings constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s that are still in use.

*Author proceeds will benefit the Fort Bragg-Mendocino Coast Historical Society.*

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States.  Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places.  Have we done a book on your town?  Visit
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