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$15.95  Borrego Beginnings: Early Days in the Borrego Valley, 1910-1960, by Phil Brigandi.  150 pages, b&w photos, paperback,

In the early 1900s, the tiny isolated desert community of Borrego, connected to the outside world by a few winding dirt roads, was settled by homesteaders who struggled to grow dates, grapes, and alfalfa. Attracted by the annual wildflower bloom, a few tourists began to visit. By the 1950s, Borrego Springs had developed into a small desert resort with a branch library in the laundromat, a tiny airport, and a PGA-Pro-Am tournament.

Don't miss the companion volume, Old Time Cattlemen and Other Pioneers of the Anza-Borrego Area, by Lester Reed.

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