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LMVA LIVING HISTORY
Labor Day  Weekend
Saturday August 31, 2024
Sunday September 1, 2024

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Join us the Laguna Mountain Volunteer Association

for the 34th Annual Presentation of

LIVING HISTORY

Visit a Kwaaymii Indian display , an Imperial Valley Farm family, Cowboys from the Campo Cattle Company, and the Cleveland National Forest’s first Ranger, Carl Brenner, 

and be sure to watch out for Smokey Bear!
LAGUNA MOUNTAIN VOLUNTEER ASSOCIATION HEADQUARTERS
THE RED-TAILED ROOST
10385 Sunrise Highway

Near 22.5 Mile Marker of Sunrise Highway,
across from the Old Volunteer Fire Department station.

Tour times: Sat/Sun 9:30 to 11:30, 1:00 to 3:00
Sorry, no pets allowed on the tour, but we will gladly pet-sit them for you.

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THE RED-TAILED ROOST
10385 Sunrise Highway

Kumeyaay
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Get acquainted with the lifestyle of the long-ago Kwaaymii Indians who called their Mount Laguna home a “Land of Plenty”.  From where you stand today, look around. What would you use from nature, and how?  For these hunter-gatherers, life was good. They knew what local materials to use for food, clothing, medicine, and shelter.

Farm Family

Turn-of-the-20th century pioneering families of Imperial County sought relief from summer’s scorching heat by camping out all season in Laguna’s cool forests. They were happy to have visitors.

Cowboys
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 You meet real cowboys depicting the 1880s Campo Cattle Company whose herds munched on the tender mountain grasses of Laguna Meadow. We wonder if today’s

meadow grazers are descendants from the Campo Cattle Company’s herds.

Mountain Man
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The Laguna Mountains were seldom visited by non-natives, as they were too far from Spanish developments near the coast. The first Anglo Americans to walk through the Lagunas were probably mountain men during 1820s-1840s. We’ll stop and speak to one of these intrepid explorers. Mountain Men found no valuable furs here, but they may have discovered something else.

Prospectors
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There were several mines in the Mount Laguna Recreation Area.  The prospectors were hardened people who worked hard to grind up rocks searching for gold.  Their methods were different from those who panned for gold.  Come find out what these prospectors have to say about their adventures.

Forest Ranger
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Mount Laguna’s

first Forest Ranger,

Carl Brenne

started work in 1912.

How was his job similar to that of forest rangers today? 

Come listen and find out.

Coleman camping!  
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Take you back to what it was like to camp in the 1960s on Mount Laguna.  Take time to reminisce and see the big canvas tent, white gas lantern and cook stove, old red and white ice chest, with the insulated water jugs, coffee pot and the big thick sleeping bag with much more.

SMOKEY
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WATCH FOR SMOKEY BEAR AND FIRE FIGHTERS WITH THEIR EQUIPMENT

If they are not on call

they may be able to visit and show  off their equipment.

ACTORS

Actors are members of Laguna Mountain Volunteer Association,

and their invited guests:

First Ranger (Carl Brenner): Joe Zechman

Farm Family-Joe and Linda Sullivan, and family

Campo Cattle Company: Bob Callen and Company

Kumeyaay People:  Vivian Sartori

Miner Prospector:  John Grisafi

2023 LIVING HISTORY is presented by

Laguna Mountain Volunteer Association in cooperation with

Descanso District, Cleveland National Forest.

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