The City of Los Angeles does not lend itself to the glamorous rendering that its neighbor to the north, San Francisco, does. Concentrated in time (1868-87), circumscribed in locale, this tells of that decade of the seventies when the ""city makers"", by erecting a railroad center, transformed Los Angeles from an adobe pueblo into a city. From the first influx of farmers and immigrants, to the first rails, here were beginnings of the land boom which was paralleled only by the speculations in silver, as camps opened up, its traffic a source of considerable struggle. And with the expansion of rails, the bonanza of the mines, came the concomitants of lawlessness and violence, as vigilante and robber and bandido had their way. With the close of the era came sudden panic and depression... Scrupulously rooted in contemporary documents, newspapers, letters etc., this lacks the narrative virtues of such books as those of Oscar Lewis, Joseph Henry Jackson, and others. Mainly reference value, in a field largely untouched.