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Guasti

A short documentary portrait about one of the last people to grow up in Guasti, California.

From the late 1880s to the 1950s, Guasti was one of the largest vineyards in the United States. The workers, mostly Italian immigrants brought over to labor in the fields and process grapes, lived in houses and dorms on the land. The company town had its own church, general store, fire station, inn, post office, railroad, and school.

Today, Guasti is a ghost town. Only a very small part of the vineyard exists between the I-10 freeway and an industrial park. Fencing runs around the property, ivy covers the stone buildings and the clapboard houses are stretch-wrapped in white plastic that blows in the wind.