Pioneers of Mill Creek Canyon

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The pioneers of Mill Creek Canyon in the San Bernardino Mountains were visionaries, eccentrics and adventurers. Daniel Sexton married a Native American wife hoping to gain the secret to a mine, while Peter Forsee, a world-weary sheriff, married a widow who was sheltering two outlaw sons. Sylvanus Thurman’s burros carried travelers into the wild and sometimes took them for a wild ride. George Burris didn’t find gold, but his marble discovery built mansions. D. Rhea Igo created roadside attractions, and Louie Torrey left the city to farm the forest, creating a paradise for his family and others. Join author Shannon Wray as she explores the colorful lives of those who left an indelible mark on Mill Creek Canyon.
ISBN: 9781467145336
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: California
Images: 92
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Shannon Wray’s story in Mill Creek Canyon began when her great-great-grandfather came in 1847 with a U.S. Army detachment to cut trees for a flagpole at Fort Moore in Los Angeles. As a child, she spent summers in the canyon and, beginning in 1968, attended school at the old two-room Fallsvale Schoolhouse. Shannon enjoyed careers in publishing in the United States and Canada before becoming a television producer and traveling the world for more than thirty years. Shannon lives in Mill Creek Canyon with her family.