A local poet once described Carmel-by-the-Sea, with its haunting pines, fog, and white sand, as “our inevitable place.” The area had been inhabited for more than 3,000 years when Fr. Junipero Serra chose the site for his mission headquarters in 1771. The romantic name, Carmel-by-the-Sea, was the gift of a group of women real estate developers, later used in advertising lots for “brain workers at in-door employment.” Many Stanford and UC Berkeley professors, artists, writers, and musicians left a lasting legacy here in their art and in their rejection of largescale commercial development. Although impoverished artists may no longer afford to live here, many residents and millions of sojourners still consider the lovely village packed with galleries and eateries their “inevitable place.”
Monica Hudson, a longtime Carmel resident and coauthor of the Images of America volume Point Lobos, operates a historic walking tour company, California Legacy Tours. Commenting on the finest images from Carmel’s Harrison Memorial Library and many other private local collections, she leads us with skill and humor into the past of this exquisite place and the unique community that has grown here.
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.
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