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Bowman - Placer County - California

by Donna Howell, Rodi Lee, Michael G. Lynch and Karrie Samson

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A history of the Bowman area, northeast of Auburn CA. The area is named after early settler and fruit grower Harry Bowman. Bowman developed from a rural fruit farming area to the suburban community it is today. Bowman had its own Post Office in 1893 and a school in 1895 and even its own ZIP 95707 in the 1960s.132-pages, color throughout, features over 400 photos and images. Subjects include the Bowman/Ackerman School, prominent first settlers and their decedents still living in the area, early enterprise, including agriculture,  mines, auto camps, civic groups, public agencies, and developments like Hollendale and Train Villages. Coauthors researched and wrote the book over a two-year period. Besides being a co-author, Lynch did all the book design and layout. The book was funded by the the Placer County Historical Foundation, as part of their Bowman Project.

Sifting the Ash

by Greg Picard

Published Nov 3, 2017

On Amazon: Paperback $15.00, Kindle Edition $2.99


The excitement and challenge of the fire service may have first attracted Pete Barrow to become a firefighter and paramedic, but it was his past that drove him to eventually become his department’s fire marshal and arson investigator.  Now he has horrific fires coming all too often, and the cause seems to be suspicious in all of them.  Unfortunately, not just empty buildings burn.  Is it one pyromaniac, or are there more, and what could possibly be the motive?  With innocent lives at stake, it will take all Pete’s skill, and the effort of his friend, Deputy Sergeant Chris Becker, to see their way through this search for a killer who is indiscriminate about who he takes out.

Annadel State Park; Stories from the First 20 Years

William Krumbein, republished September 6, 2017, Santa Rosa CA

Paperback $9.95 and Kindle $4.99 on Amazon


Annadel State Park – The First 20 Years takes you back to the 1970s, 80s, and early 90’s. A history book of sorts, these are true stories and encounters between the park staff and park visitors (or animals, plants, rocks, fires, and even mysteriously buried old shoes), all documented in the park’s daily logbook. Park Rangers are needed to protect people from the park, and Park Rangers are needed to protect the park from people, and Park rangers are needed to protect the people from people. A Ranger’s job is never dull.


It’s been almost 25 years now since the book first came out. Only a thousand copies were printed. Long out-of-print, I’ve wanted to see this book available again. Just recently I discovered book-scanning services. Hurray! Now a new generation can see how things were “way back then.”

Blue Heron, CSPF

Memoirs  of Charles Mehlert

Charles Mehlert, 2007 Monterey CA


Park related chapters published from original manuscript by CSPRA. Contact any CSPRA  Officer to get a printed copy of that portion of this park pioneer's memoirs.

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Paul R Johnson. 1982

Paperback at Amazon


Photographic images & captions by Paul R. Johnson with words by Harry Daniel, Mark C. Jorgensen & Paul R. Johnson  Published by Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association


The Forgotten Artist, Indians of Anza-Borrego and Their Rock Art

by Manfred Knaak, 1986

paperback at Amazon


Manfred Knaak's "The Forgotten Artist" is a beautifully rendered book about pictographs in the Anza-Borrego Desert of southern California where such Indian rock can be found. He shows comparatively how such rock art depictions may stand for ritual magic, or fertility rites, and perhaps shamanistic dreams. This books is visually beautiful with photographs illustrating this ancient art form of the Americas, which is not too different from their counterparts worldwide.

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