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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California's Great San Joaquin Valley

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“The grandest and most telling of California landscapes is outspread before you. At your feet lies the great Central Valley glowing in the sunshine, extending north and south farther than the eye can reach, one smooth, flowery, lake-like bed of...
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Oral History: Recording Our Stories SOME SAY IT'S GOSSIP THAT'S GOOD FOR YOU . . . Others, like noted historian David McCullough, that it's a great buffet lunch of all the kinds of choices that people have made and what they did with their lives. It...
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You’ll find two reading lists here - one focused on the history of California’s Central Valley, the other a list of publications about Fresno and Fresno County. Enjoy exploring these resources. CALIFORNIA’S CENTRAL VALLEY A Land...