Times Past

March 8, 2014

Great drought leads to great land grab in 19th century California

Drought has long played a role in California history, including the disastrous Great Drought of 1862-64 that marked the end of the Californio rancho days along the Central Coast. Investors snapped up the land with varying success.

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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.