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This work covers San Diego County's only gold rush town, from its beginning in 1869 to the contemporary scene. It also tells the history of the neighboring Cuyamaca Mountain area from prehistoric Indians through the Mexican and early American periods to modern times. Gold was no sooner discovered and mines going when in 1870, the owners of the neighboring Cuyamaca Mexican land grant filed to have the miners removed from their land holdings claiming the mines were actually part of their grant land. This book covers the work that Judge Benjamin Hayes did to save the miners from being swindled off their land. It tells about town fathers, former Georgia farmers Mike Julian and Drew Bailey and their Civil War records. Also the creation and details of construction of San Diego's answer to the Roman Aqueduct, the Cuyamaca Flume. Itcarried water 36 miles, from the mountains to La Mesa and San Diego from 1889 until 1919. The story is also told about those mountain men's fight to wrest the San Diego County seat from the city, and more.
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Charles LeMenager was by profession, a land use and planning consultant. Now, in semi-retirement, he spends more time researching, writing and community service.
He is a former executive and officer of Fluor Corporation, a Fortune 500 firm.
Local and State government has also occupied much of his career, mainly as a volunteer.
He is a former mayor and councilman in the city of Santa Rosa, California and was state director of housing and community development under Governor Ronald Reagan.
Locally, he has served on the Ramona Municipal Water District board and the San Diego Country Estates Association board.
He came to Ramona in 1970 to help master plan and develop the new community of SDCE. He liked it so well, it's been his home ever since.
"His work is tidily researched and written. Some who read LeMenager can take a sudden interest in our brown rolling foothills and mountain meadows." Neil Morgan, Legendary San Diego Journalist and author.
" He did an excellent job of research. It has a good deal on the Cuyamaca area that is not generally known by the people." Ray Redding, Julian historian, LA Times
"Skillfully constructed and well researched story of the county's mountain area" Herbert Lockwood, San Diego Daily Transcript
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Book Description Eagle Peak Pub Co, 1992. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0961110244