Pioneers of Riverside County: The Spanish, Mexican, and Early American Periods

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Riverside County encompasses more than two million people and most of the width of California, from Los Angeles’s eastern suburbs to the Arizona state line at the Colorado River. Historian Steve Loch captures the vanished past of this vast swath of deserts and mountains—the eras of Spanish and then Mexican rule and the exploits of the earliest settlers of the American period. Juan Bautista de Anza, Louis Robidoux and many other namesake figures of today’s geography are described in this unabridged excerpt of the ...
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Overview

Riverside County encompasses more than two million people and most of the width of California, from Los Angeles’s eastern suburbs to the Arizona state line at the Colorado River. Historian Steve Loch captures the vanished past of this vast swath of deserts and mountains—the eras of Spanish and then Mexican rule and the exploits of the earliest settlers of the American period. Juan Bautista de Anza, Louis Robidoux and many other namesake figures of today’s geography are described in this unabridged excerpt of the author’s comprehensive and masterly history Along the Old Roads.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781609498313
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/20/2012
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,439,338
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Lech is the author of several books on Riverside County. He is the longtime president of the Riverside Historical Society, and, by profession, a park planner for Riverside County.
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Table of Contents

Part I The Spanish Period

1 The Fages, Portola and Anza Expeditions 6

2 The Missions and Ranchos 17

Part II The Mexican Period

3 Mission Secularization and Land Grants 32

4 Disposition of the Ranchos 39

5 End of the Mexican Period 57

Part III The Early American Period

6 California Counties and San Bernardino 64

7 The U.S. Land Commission and Surveys 75

8 The Sonora Road, I 81

9 The Civil War in Inland Southern California 84

10 The Sonora Road, II 88

11 Bradshaw's Road 99

12 Other Settlements 116

Appendix A Listing of Anza's Place Names with Corresponding Present-Day Place Names 125

Appendix B Captain José Romero's Letter to Don Antonio Narbona, January 16, 1824 127

Appendix C Louis Robidoux's Letter to Manuel Alvarez, Giving Robidoux's Account of the Battle of Chino 129

Appendix D Mexican Rancho Land Grants of Riverside County, California 131

Appendix E The Township and Range System of Surveying 135

Appendix F Charles Nordhoff's Description of the La Laguna Rancho 137

Appendix G George Wharton James's Description of Bradshaw's Road from the Colorado River to Dos Palmas 145

Notes 149

Bibliography 161

Index 169

About the Author 175

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