The Dream City, Paul V. Galvin 
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  SOUTH END OF THE CALIFORNIA BUILDING - In the engraving, on the left, is the orange grove erected by Los Angeles County, and covered with six thousand five hundred oranges. The central object is Ventura County's Bean Pagoda, which was invented by Captain N. Blackstock, a leading attorney of Ventura. The architect was George C. Powers, of the same city, and his fellow-townsman, F. A. Foster, arranged the beans. The exhibit was shown to visitors by Captain W. H. A. Thompson, of West Saticoy. This octagonal structure was twenty-three and one-half feet high and twelve feet in diameter. The builders used seven thousand and fifty-six pieces of redwood and one thousand two hundred and thirty-six pieces of glass, making six hundred and fifteen cases for beans. The word "When" may be seen on the roof. This was part of a legend wrought in beans: "Do you know beans when the bag is open?" The name of the county, "Ventura," was spelled in beans vertically on the outside twenty-two times. The arabesquerie seen in the foliated panels over the doors and windows was wrought in beans, and these patterns numbered forty. Two five-pointed white stars with red center star, all beans, ornamented the frieze over each double door. This peculiar structure advertised to the world the existence of its largest bean ranch, owned by Dixey W. Thompson, a man who plants nearly thirty-seven tons of beans each year. It is said that one variety of the beans used in the pavilion cost fifty dollars a bushel, and another variety cost ten dollars a bushel. The artistic arrangement of palms and other foliage may be seen.
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