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Harvesting the bounty: Historic images of Lodi agriculture

From the 1880s to 1900, Lodi was known as the “Watermelon Capital of the World” as farmers turned to the melons to replace their wheat crop. By 1900, watermelons, like wheat, grew less profitable and lost favor with area farmers. This photograph shows a wagon full of watermelons being delivered to a waiting railcar near Lodi’s freight depot between Sacramento and Main streets.

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