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Lower Georgia Street-California's Forgotten Barbary Coast

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Lower Georgia Street-California's Forgotten Barbary Coast by Brendan Riley
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It was a sailor's dream: more than 100 bars, casinos and whorehouses, just a short boat ride across the Napa River that separated the sprawling Mare Island Naval Shipyard from Vallejo, California. Why bother to head for San Francisco, about 25 miles to the south, when you could raise hell in Vallejo's Lower Georgia Street district? This was the city's original business zone, but over time the grocery stores, clothing shops and offices for doctors and lawyers were replaced by brightly lit joints that appealed to the sailors. Every time the United States got involved in wars, there were dramatic expansions in shipyard construction and repair. That meant big business for Lower Georgia Street as sailors on liberty poured into town. Top Navy brass made repeated demands on the city to clean up the problems. The district would improve, but only temporarily. In Vallejo, nothing before or since was as wild as the Lower Georgia district during World War II.
Release date NZ
July 31st, 2017
Author
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
53 Illustrations
Imprint
America Through Time
Dimensions
163x231x10
ISBN-13
9781634990240
Product ID
26884532

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