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Book Description from Back CoverAngel Island, in the Town of Tiburon, is a mile-square jewel set in San Francisco Bay that attracts thousands of visitors each year. Few of those who hike, bike, camp, or enjoy the spectacular vistas in this California State Park realize its diverse history. From the Spanish ships that anchored at Ayala Cove in 1775 to the 1960s cold war-era missile silos, Angel Island has endured to become one of the most popular parks in the state. Although many building were demolished, there are still countless reminders of the island's multifaceted evolution, including a quarantine station, army base, and immigration station.
The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.
Background on Branwell Fanning and William WongBranwell Fanning, twice Tiburon's mayor and now town historian, also authored Images of America: The Tiburon Peninsula. A world traveler, journalist, and former consultant on tourism to U.S. and foreign governments, his ties to Angel Island date back to his service in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Journalist William Wong, author of Images of America: Oakland's Chinatown, is the son of Chinese immigrants once detained at the immigration station. Both drew from their personal collections and other private sources as well as the Angel Island Association, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, and the California State Parks Archives.
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