Times Past

June 15, 2013

A brazen heist in a time of bandits

Only a hardy few dared travel El Camino Real between San Juan Bautista and Santa Barbara in the 1850s. Those who did risk their lives had a powerful incentive. Buying relatively cheap herds of cattle in the southern counties and driving the herds to Stockton or San Jose could make one a rich man. Alas, few were content with only one trip, so they would return with their saddlebags laden with gold to buy more cattle.

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About Dan Krieger

Dan Krieger

Dan Krieger is a professor emeritus of history at Cal Poly and past president of the California Mission Studies Association.