How ‘Ramona’ did for California what ‘Harry Potter’ did for England Photo courtesy of the Ramona BowlAn oxcart was used to promote “Ramona” around the region, including the Mission Inn. ■ By Ramona Bowl / Contributed Helen Hunt Jackson’s “Ramona” sparked a tourism boom in California much like “Harry Potter” created tourism for England. The most important woman in the history of California never lived. She is the fictional heroine of Helen Hunt Jackson’s 1884 wildly popular novel “Ramona.” Her mark on Southern California’s landscape and on the social memory in the region is indelible, even today. She boosted D.W. Griffith’s film career, offered gainful employment to Loretta Young and Dolores
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