Delano is entirely typical of the innumerable rural towns that dot the vast stretches of farmland in California’s agricultural valleys. Lying off Highway 99, the main artery through the San Joaquin Valley, it is a thoroughly unimpressive-looking place, with some 13,500 inhabitants. Its business district spans three or four streets about half a dozen blocks long. There is a shady middle-class residential area on the east side with pleasant old homes. On the west and south sides an assort...
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