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Then & Now

August 27th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

In celebration of the first day of the Davis public schools, here is the latest installment of our Then & Now series. You may recognize this building and know its current use, but do you know why it was originally built?

This brick Romanesque Revival structure, located at 23 Russell Boulevard, was constructed in 1927 as the first Davis Joint Union High School. Prior to 1924, when high school classes were offered in the elementary school, high school students from Davis enrolled in schools in Woodland, Dixon, Sacramento, or other districts.

The Davis High School occupied the building from 1927 until 1960 when the new Davis Senior High was completed. The classroom wing was then used as administrative offices for the Davis Joint Unified School District. In the 1980s the building was remodeled as the City of Davis City Hall.

The historic image below, from our Eastman Originals Collection, was taken in 1944.

 

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Travel Tuesday: Crescent Mills

August 26th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Travel Tuesday series takes us to Crescent Mills, California. The image of the Sorsoli Hotel, from our Eastman Originals Collection, is undated.

At Crescent Mills, Calif., undated.

At Crescent Mills, Calif., undated.

 

Travel Tuesday: Chico

August 5th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Travel Tuesday series takes us to Chico, California. The images below are from our Eastman Originals Collection.

"Hotel Oaks," Chico, Calif., 1940

“Hotel Oaks,” Chico, Calif., 1940

"Park Hotel," Chico, Calif., 1938.

“Park Hotel,” Chico, Calif., 1938.

 

Stayton Motel at Chico, Calif., 1947.

Stayton Motel at Chico, Calif., 1947.

Stayton Motel at Chico, California, 1948.

Willard Motel at Chico, California, 1948.

 

August in the Central Valley means…

August 4th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

…that it is tomato time!  You’ll certainly see trucks of recently harvested tomatoes on the local highways now. Here is an image from the Forrest Jackson Photograph Collection.

Tri Valley Growers Plant 5 at Volta: Filled gondolas of harvested tomatoes and other tomatoes being unloaded go up elevators into the plant where they will go through evaporators to be made into tomato paste, undated.

Tri Valley Growers Plant 5 at Volta: Filled gondolas of harvested tomatoes and other tomatoes being unloaded go up elevators into the plant where they will go through evaporators to be made into tomato paste, undated.