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The Fatal Affair in Monte Diablo Canyon: The Convict Lake Story-Robbery, Murder and Vengeance in the Old West
by James S Reed
In 1866 a gang from Indiana led by men named Reno and Sparks pulled off the first train robbery in history. Four years later in a copy-cat crime, the Central Pacific Railroad's Overland Express was robbed of over $41,000 in gold coin by a bunch of petty criminals. Strangely enough, the latter robbery took place near the Nevada cities of Reno and Sparks. It was the West's ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published January 9th 2014 by Dog Ear Publishing
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Always interested in local history when I travel, I picked up this book at a local bookstore after trout fishing on Convict Lake. This is a history book that has been thoroughly researched and provides the context for these storied events of 1871 Owens Valley. A bit like the short-lived TV series, Deadwood, one gets the gritty, non-glamorous feel of the Old West. Reads like a mystery, a bit. It kept me interested even though I already knew the outcome.
Wonderfully researched book by local author Jim Reed. Jim adds enough historical detail to make this true event part of the larger history of the settlement of California. Excellent read if you are in the Convict Lake area of the Eastern Sierra and want to know more about local history.