At the start of the 20th century, a small group of Californians built a new kind of community.
Growing up in California, I have never heard of this place or the story of it. Wonderful write up
Caitlin, this is a great story! I've lived in CA for 49 years and have never heard of this place...not in one history book, not in studying CA history...nowhere. I appreciate you bringing this place to light. I drive up the 99 from time-to-time. I'll need to take detour the next time around.
Fantastic blog and great pictures. I will always have a soft spot in my heart for all things related to rural CA - its a world apart from how California is popularly-known but it's the world I remember from my youth.
In the same vein as this blog, I found an old one from KCET that I had read years ago about Black homesteaders in the Mojave Desert: https://www.kcet.org/socal-focus/african-americans-shaping-the-california-desert-homesteading-in-the-mojave