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Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Mystery Photo - possibly related to Death Valley - Archives of the Museum of the San Fernando Valley (click on image to enlarge)
2009 - The Year of Valley History
This morning while I was documenting items just donated to our Museum's Library, I found this photograph tucked in a facsimile journal by William Lewis Manly of his survival on a his trek to Los Angeles in 1849. Manly's book is particularly interesting because it gives a first hand account of his desperate journey across Death Valley and the Mojave Desert in the mid-19th Century and what it was like to enter the San Fernando Valley through the Palmdale-Lancaster Pass in 1849. His description of the natural water springs in the San Fernando Valley is riveting.

The San Fernando Valley, in the heart of the Creative Capital of the World, deserves a great Museum of history and culture.

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