Beyond the river stretches the interminable prairie, where the fields of harvested wheat lie wrapped in slumber; . . . . The light stealing upon the broad shadows, first touches the tops of the prairie wagons. . . . Then, making more and more progress, it shines. . . and at last, in full glory of splendor, brings out the yellow of the cultivated fields and the course brown of the sandy soil.

~ Picturesque America, 1872

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Newspaper Clipping Files: Ben R. Walker History Files

The Archives’ largest newspaper clipping collection (over 250,000 entries) is the creation of Ben R. Walker – a Fresno historian, newspaperman, professor, and founding president of the Historical Society. Information in the files dates from 1850 through 1953, and topics include individuals and their activities in politics, social and civic events; obituaries; businesses, agriculture, government agencies, ethnic groups, schools, and towns in Fresno City and County. Walker also created special files documenting Fresno County’s participation (both military and home front) in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. Entries are organized into 3x5, 5x7, and 8x11 formats.

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