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How does one go about finding interesting museums of agriculture in California?

It is always interesting as a photographer to come across old photographs. There is generally an intriguing story in each one of these snapshots of time.`

The recent issue of Citrograph magazine has a handful of photos of the Pasadena area back when citrus trees were more common than people. An aerial view of Azusa, Covina and Glendora in 1940 shows a sea of citrus trees that outnumbers cars parked on that stretch of the 605 Freeway during the morning commute.

Pictures from 1905 show thousands of citrus trees in Hollywood and a photograph from 1882 shows new citrus trees planted across the valley in Pasadena.

While commercial citrus still exists in southern California, its prominence in the southland has decreased greatly over the years as cities were built and people continued to stream in. Still citrus trees remain a decorative icon in the yards of the millions of residents that inhabit California’s southland.

It would be nice to see a bunch of these old photos up in a museum somewhere, along with a host of other icons of our agricultural past. Maybe they are and I just haven’t found them yet.

Anyone out there with knowledge of these repositories of agriculture past is certainly welcome to contact me at tfitchette@farmpress.com. I am personally looking for new and different opportunities to explore California, to take a few photos to share with others, and for meeting people with stories to share.

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Anonymous (not verified)
on Aug 7, 2013

San Jose, CA has a pretty good one in The San Jose Historical Park, on Senter road. Tulare, CA has a good machinery exhibt in the fair ground and Bakersfield has a nice historical park also.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Aug 15, 2013

I am the CEO f the Agricultural History Project in Watsonville. Our mission is to preserve the History of Agriculture on the Central Coast of California. We are located at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. We have four buildings on a two acre site, over 10,000 artifacts, a museum, implement shed, tractor barn and maintenacne facitlity. I would be have to talk yo you or give you a tour of our facility. My phone number is 831 566 2817. John

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