Our palms arrive
by Ron Swift | Patterson Irrigator
Nov 29, 2012 | 467 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
One of the earliest local photos in the archives of the Patterson Township Historical Society’s downtown museum shows the arrival of small palm trees.

The palms were planted along major roadways, including Las Palmas Avenue, where more than 400 grew to maturity all the way to the San Joaquin River and today have historical status.

This photo was taken by town founder T.W. Patterson, probably in late 1909 or early 1910. The view is looking north on North Del Puerto Avenue, then a dirt street with a wooden curb, with the city’s North Park on the right side getting its first trees. The trees were imported from Australia.

— Ron Swift, museum curator

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