3 Local History Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List

It’s no surprise that we love local history! If you do as well, we recommend checking out the following three books to expand your knowledge of Campbell and the Bay Area’s historic past.


California Apricots: The Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley

Published in 2013 by Robin Chapman, this book explores the history of Silicon Valley and its time as one of the largest apricot producers in the world. While Silicon Valley’s orchards may be a thing of the past, this book is an informative read for anyone who might have deep roots in the Bay Area or for readers who want to know more about the valley’s agricultural past. 


Campbell: The Orchard City
Published in 1989, historian and former Campbell mayor Jeanette Watson wrote this 400-page book detailing the history of Campbell from the 1850s to the late 1980s. Complete with vibrant photographs of Campbell’s past, this book stands as one of the most comprehensive publications detailing the history of Campbell. It is a must read for anyone interested in Campbell’s history! 

The McGlincy Killings in Campbell, California: An 1896 Unsolved Mystery
Published in early 2018 by local author
Tobin Gilman, this book examines the McGlincy Murders of 1896. On May 26, local resident James Dunham murdered his wife, Hattie, many members of Hattie’s family and two household workers. Despite an extensive manhunt, Dunham was never captured. Gilman’s comprehensive account of the murders is a must-read for fans of local history or true crime.

We hope you add these books to your summer reading list! Let us know on Facebook or Twitter if you have any local history books you’d like to share with us.



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