LAKEPORT THE ONLY TOWN ON CLEAR LAKE LAKE COUNTY CALIFORNIA [cover title]. Lakeport, California: Lake County Land Co., n.d. [Circa 1911-1915?]. 11.4x8.3 cm (4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches), 6 illustrations from photographs, including one on front cover, 1 birdseye view (with 7 panels of text on verso), on two folded leaves glued into printed wrapper. Rare promotional souvenir booklet for the town of Lakeport on Clear Lake in Lake County, a county in northern California, often called the "Switzerland of America." Agriculture and the prospects for farming are emphasized. According to the 1911 CALIFORNIA BLUE BOOK, Lake County's major crops were Bartlett pears and beans. Other crops include grain, alfalfa, hay, prunes, peaches, apples, grapes and walnuts. Stock raising included goats, hogs, turkeys and dairying. "Railroad connection with the outside world, which is assured in the near future, will immensely develop this section. Wise investors are getting in before the undoubted rise in values." Despite several attempts, due to the surrounding hilly terrain, Lake County is the only one of California's fifty-eight counties never to have been served by a railroad line. In November 1911 first ground was broken for the Hopland - Clear Lake railroad to Hopland. But after laying six miles of track out of Hopland the line was abandoned. To reach Lake County a visitor must "ride in safe and speedy auto or horse stages" upon reaching end of track of the Northwestern Pacific or Southern Pacific railroads. The worldwide popularity of mineral water for the relief of myriad physical ailments resulted in the development of mineral resorts around Clear Lake, and the twenty-three "principal mineral springs and resorts of the county" are listed. The booklet includes a fine fold-out 14x31 cm (5 1/2 x 12 7.8 inch) panoramic view, "Aeroplane View of Clear Lake and Surrounding Country, Showing Location of Towns of Lakeport, Upper Lake, Kelseyville and Lower Lake." Not in Rocq (1970). Spine fold professionally repaired; vertical crease to folding photo plate, a couple of small spots, a very good copy. No copies reported by OCLC. (#167048).
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