Friday, July 31, 2009

133. Santa Susana (Images of America series) by Bill Appleton

I just wanted to make everyone aware of a book due out on August 10, 2009 by my good friend Bill Appleton. The book, which is part of Arcadia Publishing's "Images of America" series is entitled simply Santa Susana.

Bill Appleton, a professional photographer and member of the Simi Valley Historical Society, has the most amazing collection of photographs of Krishna Venta and the Fountain of the World I have ever seen. A select handful of those photographs, many of which have never been seen by the general public, are included in this new book.

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Bill Appleton's other book - see - usually sells for a small fortune on Amazon.

Here's what Arcadia Publishing has to say about their new title:

Book Description:

Santa Susana is one of three rural towns in Simi Valley that began at the turn of the 20th century. The town derives its name from the surrounding mountains, Sierra de Santa Susanna, and grew up alongside the railroad depot built by the Southern Pacific Company in 1903. The history of Santa Susana can be traced back to the Chumash Indian village of Ta’apu and a Spanish land grant, El Rancho Simi. The area was first surveyed by the Simi Valley Land and Water Company in 1887 for the sale of ranches. By the mid-1950s, Santa Susana had become a recognized agricultural center, noted for citrus and walnut production. Corriganville and Bottle Village are unique tourist destinations that originated near the Santa Susana Airport. In the surrounding mountains, quirky religious groups established communes away from the public with strange names and stories: Pisgah Grande, The Great Eleven Club, and WKFL Fountain of the World.

Author Bio:

Bill Appleton is a fourth-generation descendent of a Simi family and is actively involved with the Simi Valley Historical Society at the Strathearn Historical Park and Museum. The images used in this volume have been selected from his personal collection, the historical society files, and numerous other private collections and historical archives.