Reminiscences of a Ranger: Early Times in Southern California

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Gunfights and general lawlessness were common in the frontier cities of the American West. Tombstone and Dodge City are legendary. But neither saw violence approaching that of Los Angeles in the 1850s. In his Reminiscences of a Ranger, Horace Bell reports that -midnight raids and open day robbery and assassinations of defenseless or unsuspecting Americans were of almost daily occurrence- in southern California, a territory newly acquired from Mexico. To combat this lawlessness, in 1853 the citizens of Los Angeles formed a ...

Reminiscences of a Ranger: Early Times in Southern California 2000, University of Oklahoma Press, Oklahoma

ISBN-13: 9780806131528

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