Santa Cruz, CA: Bear State Books, 1976. First Edition. Small 4to. 293 pp. Black & white photo-reproductions; drawings by Joe Rodriquez. Tan cloth with red illustration to front board and red lettering; map endpapers. A fine copy. Item #20975
This is the definitive history of the area most commonly knowns as "The Gravefine" in Kern county, California, from the late eighteenth century to the mid-twentieth. The author 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.