Author Daniel Kasser is a photographer and professor of art at the University of the Pacific. He has carefully chosen over 200 period photographs to tell the story of Downtown Stockton as it endured perennial fires and floods, boom and bust economies, and war and peace. Downtown Stockton celebrates the faces and places that shaped today’s Stockton more than 150 years ago.
Between 1850 and 1950, Stockton grew from gold rush depot to booming California metropolis. Capitalizing on its abundance of water and rich soils, Mediterranean-like climate, hard-working population, and efficient transportation system, Stockton quickly became an epicenter of “the breadbasket of the world.” The historic downtown skyline reflects the abundance and adversity of California’s Central Valley over the years, and Stockton’s ever-changing, ever-expanding role as a modern city.
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