National Affairs: Biggest State in '64?

"Day after day, the whole week through, month by month, the great stream of humanity is flowing in," reported the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce in 1921. "No human agency can stop it." In no mood to stop it, the chamber advertised the state's sunny joys at Midwestern county fairs to entice thousands more to join the 3,500,000 already in sunny California. But the wildest enthusiasts underguessed the migrations to come. The chamber has since quit trying to swell the stream, settled down to work on problems—roads, water shortages, etc. —to be multiplied by still more millions of newcomers. In pride...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!