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Images of America: Carmel Valley


128-pages (6.5 x 9.2 format), 200+ photos

From the Ventana Wilderness, the Carmel River descends 36 miles through steep canyons into the spreading Carmel Valley. Rain-gorged in spring, it rushes to the Pacific Ocean at Carmel Bay. For millennia native tribes fished along the river, named the Rio Carmelo in 1602 by explorer Sebastian de Vizcaino. Ranches, dairies, and farms thrived under Spanish, Mexican and finally American flags.

The Carmel River, like the valley it defines, has accommodated native, farmer, resident, and now the vacationer as it flows along through time. Today, vineyards, tasting rooms, boutiques and resorts decorate the rural landscape, beckoning visitors and locals alike.

This pictorial history, written by Carmel Valley Historical Society founding member Elizabeth Barratt, is published by the nationally acclaimed Arcadia Publishing Company as part of its Images of America series.

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