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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
By Lillian Cummings Densley & Aaron G. Densley

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.
7 X 10, black & white illustrated hardback, 184 pgs - $35

GROWING UP IN WHEELER RIDGE
Stories by Robert M. Dorsey

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
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Ridge Route: The Road that United California 2015 edition
By Harrison Irving Scott

The 5th revised edition was released on October 3rd 2015. It is a complete history of the Ridge Route from 1915 forward.
Hardback 410 pages (now with 287 pictures). -$35

 

 

 

Lost Hotels by Harrison Scott

LOST HOTELS on California's Historic Ridge Route.
By Harrison Irving Scott

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
Cover Gateways to Southern California 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

View from the Ridge Route Vol. 1 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.
7 X 10, black & white illustrated paperback, 177 pgs - $16

View from the Ridge Route Vol 2

A VIEW FROM THE RIDGE ROUTE: The Fort Tejon Era
By Bonnie Ketterl Kane
Illustrated by Susan Sjoberg Hollander

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 War.
7 X 10, black & white illustrated paperback, 206 pgs - $16

View from the Ridge Rout Vol 3

A VIEW FROM THE RIDGE ROUTE: The Ranchos
By Bonnie Ketterl Kane
Illustrated by Susan Sjoberg Hollander

 

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.
7 X 10, black & white illustrated paperback, 294 pgs - $20

View from the Ridge Route Vol 4

A VIEW FROM THE RIDGE ROUTE: The Resources
By Bonnie Ketterl Kane
Illustrated by Susan Sjoberg Hollander

 

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.
7 X 10, black & white illustrated paperback, 386 pgs - $23

CURRENTLY FEATURED BOOK

A VIEW FROM THE RIDGE ROUTE: The Roadways NEW
By Bonnie Ketterl Kane
Illustrated by Susan Sjoberg Hollander

The Roadways follows the development of roads through the San Emigdio Mountains of Southern California from the Spanish trail of El Camino Viejo, to the Los Angeles- Stockton Road of the mid 1800's to the Ridge Route Road of 1914. Highway 99 of 1933 and the present Interstate 5. Many roadside stories and traveer's struggles are included.
7x10, black and white illustrated paperback, 400 photos, 405pgs -$25

Cover Heap of LIvin' - by Delores Gentry HEAP 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

Cover Homesteaders Heydey HOMESTEADERS HEYDAY
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 Valley then.
8½ X 11, black & white illustrated paperback, 101 pgs - $12

Cover Mines Murders & Grizzlies MINES, 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.
6 X 9, black & white illustrated paperback, 151 pgs - $25

Cover Cuddy Cattle Drive 1921
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.
5½ X 8½, black & white illustrated paperback, 20 pgs - $2

MOUNTAIN CATTLE AND FRONTIER PEOPLE
by: Genevra Sisson Snedden

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.

Cover A Flower Watchers Guide 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.
5½ X 9½, color illustrated paperback, 158 pgs - $18

THE TRACKERS FIELD GUIDE
By James C. Lowry

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)

Cover - Heap of Eating HEAP OF EATIN'
By the Ridge Route Communities Historical Society Members

This 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.
6 X 9, black & white illustrated, hardbound, 122 pages - $12

Cover Art of Gathering and making Elderberry Jam THE ART OF GATHERING AND MAKING ELDERBERRY JAM
By Bonnie Ketterl Kane

The 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!
5 X 7, color illustrated paperback, 12 pgs- $3.50

Cover Rancho El Tejon by Frank Latta

SAGA OF RANCHO EL TEJON
By Frank Forrest Latta

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

Cover EL CAMINO VIEJO A' LOS ANGELES

EL CAMINO VIEJO A' LOS ANGELES
By Frank Forrest Latta

In "EL CAMINO VIEJO" author, Frank Latta, has recorded the history of the first inland trail between Los Angeles and points north. Beginning as a Native American trail the Spanish began to use it as early as the 1600's when traveling from their settlements of Santa Fe (NM) and Monterey (CA). In California, the route passed through the Antelope Valley, Gorman, Frazier Park, Cuddy Valley and to the north through San Emigdio Canyon. 25 pgs plus map $13

THE CONDOR TALES
BySanford Wilbur

He describes is as "mostly about the condor conservation efforts of the 1960's and 1970's that led to the current program of captive breeding. It is more my personal story of research on the California condors, and my activities in Condor Country."

7x9, color illustrated, paperback 56 pgs. $11.00

DAWN TO DUSK
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.
5 X 9, black & white, no illustrations, paperback, 27 pgs - $2

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
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POB 684
Frazier Park, CA 93225