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California Place Names the Origin and Etymology of Current Geographical Names

by William Bright

  • ISBN: 9780520213166
  • ISBN10: 0520213165

California Place Names the Origin and Etymology of Current Geographical Names

by William Bright

  • List Price: $60.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Edition: 0004
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr
  • Publish date: 07/01/1998
  • ISBN: 9780520213166
  • ISBN10: 0520213165
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Description: From Abadi Creek to Zzyzyx Spring, thousands of discoveries await the reader of "California Place Names". This is the fourth edition, extensively revised and expanded, of a classic work of Californiana. The curious traveler or resident, as well as the serious student, will find a wealth of description and history in these names, as rich and various as the California landscape itself.

Like its predecessors, this edition concentrates on the origins of the names currently used for the cities, towns, settlements, mountains, and streams of California, with engrossing accounts of the history of their usage. It has been updated to incorporate the latest research on California place names published by regional historians and to include new names that have been added to the California map since 1969.

Readers will appreciate the local pronunciation of place names with unusual spellings; anyone curious about how to say La Jolla or Weitchpec can find the information here, in phonetic transcriptions. Finally, the many California place names of American Indian origin -- such as Yreka, Shasta, Napa, Sonoma, Tamalpais, Yosemite, Lompoc, Mugu, Coachella, or Poway -- receive particular attention from editor William Bright. The dictionary includes a Glossary and a Bibliography.

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