A Muscat Grape Farm
When the Southern Pacific railroad furnished transportation for the infant industry, large plantings of the Muscat grape were made, and some growers realized as high as $500 per acre for their raisins, though only $200 to $250 could confidently be counted on.1 At first, Chinese and women did most of the work, and almost all of it in the packinghouse. The business flourished but began to decline when vineyards in the San Joaquin Valley proved more profitable, due to better drying weather. Also, due to the great success of the navel orange industry, vineyards began to be rooted out and stumps made into firewood, the acres thus vacated planted in citrus.
1 Brown & Boyd, op. cit., p. 442.