This Rough Paradise

Pioneers of Mill Creek Canyon book
Pioneer Believed to be Peter Atticus Forsee
Pioneer Believed to be Peter Atticus Forsee

Forsee was a printer, lawyer, hunter, lawman and mountain man. He was the first homesteader in Mill Creek Canyon in the San Bernardino Mountains.

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Elizabeth Archer Jackson Petty
Elizabeth Archer Jackson Petty

The first woman homesteader in Mill Creek Canyon in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California.

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Outlaw Jim McHaney
Outlaw Jim McHaney

McHaney and his brother Bill were part of the McHaney Gang, a group of cattle rustlers, murderers, and miners who struck it rich on a gold mine.

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Pioneer Believed to be Peter Atticus Forsee
Pioneer Believed to be Peter Atticus Forsee

Forsee was a printer, lawyer, hunter, lawman and mountain man. He was the first homesteader in Mill Creek Canyon in the San Bernardino Mountains.

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In the Press

An interview with the Highland Community News and Redlands Community News by Hector Hernandez

Redlands Daily Facts and the San Bernardino Sun mention the presentation Ladies of the Canyon: Pioneer Women of Mill Creek Canyon, October 7, 2021 at the San Bernardino Historical and Pioneer Society. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

SHANNON WRAY 

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Shannon Wray's story in Mill Creek Canyon began when her great-great-grandfather went with a U.S. Army detachment to cut trees there for a flagpole at Fort Moore in Los Angeles in 1847. Hailing from a Hollywood family, her aunt was Fay Wray, classic film star of King Kong fame. As a young child, she spent every summer in Mill Creek Canyon then moved there year-round in 1968 and attended school at the old two-room stone Fallsvale Schoolhouse. Shannon enjoyed careers in publishing in the United States with Faber and Faber Publishing and Penguin Books in Canada before becoming a television producer. Traveling the world for national networks, such as NBC, CBC, CTV, and Bravo! for over thirty years, she has produced more than 800 hours of national broadcast television and two films. Returning to her hometown in 2009, she became fascinated with the people in its past and now presents the history of the canyon locally. Ms. Wray lives in a historic home in Mill Creek Canyon with her family. 

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