In Part 1, we learned that the Chaguanosos had become known as one of the strongest “soldier of fortune” gangs in California in the early 1800s. They had their mountain retreat in this region, wintering in the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley, possibly at Pueblo de las Uvas in Grapevine Canyon.
In October 1837, the month of French trapper Peter Lebeque’s death after his now-legendary encounter with a grizzly bear, the group made a raid on Mission Santa Ynez, to steal…(please see below to view full stories and photographs)
(4) Peter Lebeque confronts the grizzly
(5) Carving the epitaph of Peter Lebeque
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This is part of the July 16, 2021 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.
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