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As I Remember Poway

Mary Van Dam

A nostalgic first-hand account of the hardships of pioneer farm life and the early families who resided in Poway in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


The Early Years

Kay Prusinskas

A brief history of the Indian era to the emergence of the American pioneer who homesteaded in Poway. There is also an overview of pioneer life encompassing farm life; the early schools, recreation and the routes of the stagecoaches that passed through Poway.


From Field to Town: Chronicles of North County History

Vincent Nicholas Rossi

The book combines in one volume local history articles written between 2004 and 2008 by North County freelance writer Vincent Nicholas Rossi. The articles first appeared in the San Diego Union-Tribune's Sunday column, "The Way We Were." The stories cover north San Diego County inland communities from Poway to Fallbrook, San Marcos to Warner Springs. Poway stories include the Poway Community Church, the McFeron family, Homer Williams and the coming of water, and the Tassell family.


Goodan Ranch and Sycamore Canyon

Carol Billhardt Crafts

A history of the land then and now.


1871-1971, 100 Years of Poway Education

Ray Stock

A pictorial review of the Poway educational system from classes held in private homes in 1871 to the first publicly owned school (Poway school) in 1885; to the formation the Poway Unified School District in 1962.

Memories of Old Poway

Elinor Wilson and Helen Porter

A collection of old recipes, memories and people of old Poway. Recipes range from coffee can bread to sauerkraut salad.


Poway - A Pictorial History

Ernie Briscoe, Cecilia Burr and Jean Woodruff

An excellent collection of photographs depicting the different eras and areas settled in Poway. Also included are photographs of the early schools; the various farms throughout the area; and photos of the floods and early churches. Of particular interest are photographs of early forms of transportation, from farm wagons to a 1910 Reo.



Louhelen Hassan

A well-documented and comprehensive study of the Indian culture that thrived in Poway valley long before the Spanish and Mexican occupations of California. Ms. Hassan delves into the history and the lives of the early homesteading settlers of Poway and how they adapted to life in the Poway valley.


High Jinks and LowJinks

Louhelen Hassan

A collection of early pioneer memories taken from family files in the museum, describing the life of 19th century Poway settlers.