Feeney to Discuss Rise of Citrus Industry at SMHPS Event

Citrus washing apparatus at the Pegler Ranch, circa 1900. Photo courtesy of Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society

Posted 11/2/11 – Please join the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society on Friday November 4, 2011 at 7 pm at the Library, 440 W. Sierra Madre Blvd..   Local resident Joe Feeney will highlight the advent of the citrus industry in California, also known as the Second Gold Rush.  The citrus industry generated billions of dollars of commerce.  At one time LA County was the biggest agricultural producer (in dollar value) in the United States.  It was the citrus industry that established the infrastructure that allowed for the expansion of the population in Southern California after WWII.  This illustrated lecture will include slides and objects such as assorted harvesting bags and boxes and advertising.

This presentation is open and free to the public.  No reservations are required.