The Automobile Industry: The Growth Of Southern California

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Southern California's growth began in the early twenty century because of the oil, automobile, and motion picture industry. Oil was already discovered in California but it's biggest boom didn't happen until the 1890s when it was discovered in Los Angeles. There were so much oil that oil wells began to pop up in peoples' backyards and the barrels were full of oil. For example, Edward Doheny and Charles Canfield's oil wells were filling up 700,000 barrels for the year of 1895 (pg. 292; p. 7). Then, Henry Ford's Model-T arrived in San Francisco and it jump-started the automobile revolution in the state. As a result, the Automobile Club of Southern California and California State Automobile Association were formed to build better roads. And finally,
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