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This is the place to find "Books, Photos, Apparel and Gadgets" all of which are now available from the gift shop in our museum. Also available is a vast collection of research material for all who are interested in our local history.
All these items are available for purchase online through PayPal. Otherwise, please visit our museum or order by calling the museum at 661-245-7747 during museum hours. Our friendly personnel will be more than happy to take your order and process it as soon as possible!
The Last Camel Charge
In the mid-nineteenth century, the U.S. Army would employ a weapon that had never before been seen on its native soil. From the Middle East came a cavalry mount that would fare better than both mules and horses in the American Southwest. Against the Mojave in the Arizona Territory...against the Mormons in Utah Territory...during the early stages of the Civil War, the camel would become one of America's great military experiements, and a nearly forgotten chapter of Americana. $18.00 Hard cover
Governor Joseph Gale and His Indian First Lady - Oregon's First Governor
From the book I learned that Joseph Gale was quite a character. In his 74 years, he was not only the First Governor of Oregon, he was an explorer, a fur trapper, builder and captain of the schooner “Star of Oregon”. He was a gold miner (49er) and a scout-guide for the Union Army. Gale was a hay farmer (here in the Ft. Tejon area, which is how his daughter met John Cuddy). He was a ferryman on the Kern River . Formerly called Gordon's Ferry, the crossing came to be known as Gale's Ferry. In his 60's he finally settled down as a farmer in Eagle Valley , Oregon ; growing vegetables and fruit. Gale became the first Postmaster of New Bridge, Oregon. He turned to politics and took on causes such as the eligibility of “half-breeds” to citizenship. Many of his descendants live in Oregon to this day.
This collection of stories gives the reader a wonderful glimpse into life in the 1940's
in a small roadside town that once sat along Highway 99 in Central California . Author, Robert Dorsey,
has been very honest about his family life and adventures as a child and teenager.
It is amazing what was dreamed up to entertain a youngster in those days. The World War II experiences are very real as well.
The little community of Wheeler Ridge – no longer there – was located just north of Grapevine Canyon at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley.
60pgs Softcover $8
Ridge Route: The Road that United California 2015 edition
The 5th revised edition was released on October 3rd 2015. It is a complete history of the Ridge Route from 1915 forward.
LOST HOTELS on California's Historic Ridge Route.
This is a paperback "Coffee Table" book having 120 pages with 100 pictures. Some of the pictures have never been published before. The book covers Hotel Lebec, the Gorman Hotel, Sandberg's Summit Hotel, the National Forest Inn, the Tumble Inn and the French Village in Newhall. The French Village although not on the Ridge Route was constructed by the family that built the National Forest Inn and the Tumble Inn. In addition to the pictures, a brief synopsis is given regarding the history of each site. 120 pgs - $22
LOCAL HISTORY PUBLICATIONS
|GATEWAYS TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA|
By John W. Robinson
Almost all overland passage to Southern California population centers was, and still is, funneled through a small number of passes. North to south these passages are Tehachapi, Tejon, San Fernando, Cajon, and San Gorgonio passes, the Carrizo-Vallecito Corridor and San Diego's Mountain Springs Grade. This book is about the history of these gateways to Southern California.- 489pgs Hardbound $49
A VIEW FROM THE RIDGE ROUTE: The First People |
By Bonnie Ketterl Kane
Illustrated by Susan Sjoberg Hollander
Volume I - introduces the reader to the
native peoples of the San Emigdio Mountains of Southern California. It gives an
overview of what life might have been like for these early people, the influence
that the Spanish explorers, the missions, the trappers and traders had on them,
and the local reservation the surviving Indians were moved to.
Volume II - is about the founding of
Fort Tejon in 1854. The Fort was located at the top of Grapevine Canyon between
the Tehachapi and the San Emigdio Mountains of Southern California, along the
major roadway of that time. The book includes military, civic and social activities
at and around the Fort, the huge earthquake of 1857, the government's camel experiment,
the arrival of the telegraph and then the closing of Fort Tejon due to the Civil
Volume III - is a collection of information and stories
about the rise and fall of the Mexican Ranchos and how the Mexican land grants
of San Emigdio and El Tejon came to be what they are today. Included is information
on the first major industry of the area, sheep raising, the transition to cattle
with stories of the vaqueros and bandidos of the late 1800's as well.
Volume IV - Part One explores the variety of mining activities that took place, and are still taking place, in the San Emigdio Mountains, especially those of the elusive Los Padres gold and silver mines. Part Two covers the establishment of the National Forest, the U.S. Forest Service, early fire fighting techniques, lookout tower experiences, hunting, snow rescues and airplane crashes. Part Three gives the history of the building of aqueducts and reservoirs through the area.
CURRENTLY FEATURED BOOK
A VIEW FROM THE RIDGE ROUTE: The Roadways NEW
OF LIVIN': Memoirs From the Mountains of Southern California |
By Dolores Mckenzie Atmore Gentry
Transcribed by Eloise A. Richer and Bonnie Ketterl Kane
Mrs. Gentry writes the true story of three generations of her family, the wagon train from Texas to the homestead on Tejon Ranch in Southern California. At age fifteen, she unknowingly marries the leader of an outlaw gang of cowboys and is left to prove up his desert claim. For years her only friends are the Joshua trees and a cowboy at a neighboring ranch. (prose & poetry) Here is an excerpt
8½ X 11, black & white illustrated paperback, 397 pgs - $21
By William deLancy with additional excerpts by Lewis C. Plush
Edited by Bonnie Ketterl Kane and Louella Plush Lee
Mr. deLancey wrote a series
of articles for a New York newspaper about homesteading in the Lockwood Valley
of Southern California in the 1920. This is a collection of those articles which
gives excellent insight to what life was like in that area at that time. Stories
include the wildlife and hunting as well as the social life and people of the
MURDERS & GRIZZLIES: Tales of California's Ventura Back Country|
By Charles F. Outland
This is a light hearted and entertaining book based on research
in the early newspapers of the day. Many of the stories take place in the Lockwood
Valley of eastern Ventura County.
|CUDDY CATTLE DRIVE: Frazier Mountain to Lancaster - 1921|
By William de Lancey
Transcribed by Bonnie Ketterl Kane
An actual story
of this cattle drive recorded by Bill de Lancey who helped out. The cattle are
gathered in Cuddy Valley in the San Emigdio Mountains of Southern California and
driven through Gorman, along the old Ridge Route Road - "as traffic whipped
by at high speeds", through the Antelope Valley, to Fairmont where problems
arise and on to the railroad at Lancaster.
MOUNTAIN CATTLE AND FRONTIER PEOPLE
This book contains true stories about cattle ranching,frontier life,mining and miners, hunting, play, food and school in the 1880's
paperback 160 pages- $25.
|A FLOWER WATCHERS GUIDE|
By Milt Stark
Mr. Stark has photo'd and thoroughly described the many wildflowers on the Western Mojave Desert and the Antelope Valley. The book is written for people with no botanical knowledge who happen to be curious about the common name of the California wildflowers they see along the road or trail.
THE TRACKERS FIELD GUIDE
This guide is arranged as a reference of common wild animal information and pictures. It has pictures of tracks as well as a lot of information on traits of the animal type. It can be invaluable to people in the field as they discover their visitors of the night. 6 x 9 Color illustrated paperback,450 photos of tracks. $24 (More info)
By the Ridge Route Communities Historical Society Members
is a collection of recipes by old-timers and new-comers to the Frazier Mountain
area. Recipes such as "Granny's Zucchini pickles", "Chuck Wagon
Beans" and "Alberta's Boiled Spice Cake" grace the pages. Historic
photos serve as dividers for the eight sections of the cook book.
ART OF GATHERING AND MAKING ELDERBERRY JAM|
By Bonnie Ketterl Kane
small booklet is a guide to identifying, gathering and preparing and making elderberry
jam. This precious berry has been a source of food since the beginning of time.
The jam has somewhat of a natural or wild taste unlike the sugary jams of today.
The author also urges readers to plant an elderberry bush to preserve this dying
breed of bush, and as well because the birds and bears love them!
This reprint of the 1970's publication is a classic for local residents who live in and around Tejon Ranch, and for those interested in the history of early ranching in the mountains of Southern California. The author, Frank Latta, spent years interviewing the majordomo of Rancho El Tejon, Jose Jesus Lopez, to gather this unprecedented collection of historic events of the transition from the Mexican Land Grants to Ranchos of the late 1800's. . Paperback 293 pages - $25
EL CAMINO VIEJO A' LOS ANGELES
THE CONDOR TALES
7x9, color illustrated, paperback 56 pgs. $11.00
By Florence Hollenbeck Cuddy
A collection of poems written by
this very sensitive and creative woman about her life in the early 1900's in and
between Lebec, California and the Cuddy Ranch in Western Ventura County. Especially
moving is her ode to her husband, John - the first Forest Ranger in these mountains.
OVERVIEWS OF LOCAL HISTORY
|THE COMMUNITIES ALONG THE RIDGE ROUTE - $7 (currently on back order)|
|THE FORT TEJON ERA - $3|
|SANDBERG SUMMIT HOTEL - $4|
|A CHRONOLOGY: Of the Greater Frazier Mountain Area - $4|
|PETER LEBEC: Mountain Mystery Man - $3|
OTHER PUBLICATIONS AND GIFT ITEMS ARE ALSO
AVAILABLE IN THE MUSEUM STORE