The ground surface is so nearly level that you have no sense of contour. . . . It is not a former lake, although in large part it is a former swamp. Geology characteristically repeats itself around the world and down through time, but---with the possible exceptions of the Chilean Longitudinal Valley and the Dalbandin Trough in Pakistan---the Great Central Valley of California has no counterpart on this planet.

~ John McPhee, Assembling California

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Comstock Family Papers

Harry Hordorn, Haze Jane Comstock, and friend practicing jumps

This digital exhibit briefly traces the life of Hazel Jane Comstock Hordorn with photographs and documents. Hazel, pictured here with her husband Harry Hordorn and a friend, was the daughter of Fresno County oil pioneer Lewis N. Comstock. This small collection of photographs also outlines veterinarian Harry Hordorn’s work at the Gymkhana Race Club in San Mateo, California. Click here to explore the Comstock Family Papers.

This exhibit was made possible through the research and writing of archives volunteer Madalyn Avitabile.

Last Updated Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 07:56 AM.