Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Railroad feud echoes Valley history

It's doubtful whether members of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, who voted this month to pursue an alternative route through Kings County for a north-south bullet train, have ever heard of the Mussel Slough Tragedy, even though it was a seminal event in the state's history. If they had, they might not have done what they did.
On May 11, 1880, a long-simmering conflict between the Southern Pacific Railroad and local farmers over changes in the railroad's route and its seizure of land from homesteaders escalated into a shootout that left seven men dead. Continued

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