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Francis Bishop

A descendant of the Gann and Titherington families of West Calaveras, local historian Frances Bishop conducted indefatigable research on county roads, dams, ditches, reservoirs, ferries, logging camps, country government, land ownership, and anything and everything that occurred between 1848 and 1875. She was especially interested in the Union Water Company, the Calaveras Big Trees, and the Emigrant Road (present State Route 4). Copies of her files and maps may be researched at the Calaveras County Archives and Calaveras Big Trees State Park. 

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Emmett Joy

Emmett Joy was born in Jackson in 1902, attended school in Calaveras County, and went on to obtain a law degree.  He served for nine years as the Grand Historian of the Native Sons of the Golden West and over a period of 25 years wrote numerous articles on California history.  Living in San Francisco, he maintained a weekend home in Mokelumne Hill; he and his wife Lorraine are buried in the town’s Catholic Cemetery.  Many of his writings can be found at the Mokelumne Hill History Society Archives. 

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Pat McGreevy

Pat McGreevy, PhD, is a retired scientist and amateur historian from Glencoe.  As a Calaveras Parks & Recreation Commissioner, he spends long hours mapping trails and developing a County-wide trail system that is found online at CalaverasOutside.net. This catalog includes some 75 outings with pocket guides that feature maps and interpretative information on the artifacts found along the way, from the Gold Rush to current land management. He is often found in a Mokelumne Hill pub with the local hikers and history buffs in deep discussion over a beer and burger.

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David Gano

David Gano is a retired Calaveras County teacher with an M.A. in History from the University of the Pacific.  He has hiked, biked, and sauntered throughout Calaveras County tracking its historic roads and sites, as well as its geologic past and natural history.  He is a co-author of Your Guide to the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway, as well as an artist and musician. 

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Judge J.A. Smith

Judge J.A. Smith, a native of West Point, was a founder and past president of the Calaveras County Historical Society. His abiding interest in local history continued throughout his life, during which he photographed numerous historic sites and buildings and authored articles on points of historic interest.  His articles and papers are archived at the Calaveras County Historical Society, San Andreas.

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Julia Costello

Julia Costello, Ph.D, is an archaeologist and co-owner of Foothill Resources, a historical consulting firm based in Calaveras County that works on projects throughout California.  Specializing in the historic period, she has researched and published widely on the Spanish Missions, mining sites, nineteenth-century life, brothels, Calaveras County, and immigrant groups including Italians, Chinese, and Japanese.  She served as Member and Chair of the California State Historical Resources Commission, and on the boards of several national, state, and local history organizations. &

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Judith Marvin

Judith Marvin is a historian and co-owner of Foothill Resources, a historical consulting firm in Calaveras County.  She served as Calaveras Country Museum Director and Archivist for seven years and has conducted surveys and research for archaeological, historical, and architectural projects throughout California.  She has produced reports for the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, California State Parks, Bureau of Land Management, Army Corps of Engineers, California Department of Transportation, and numerous county, city, and private projects.   

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Sal Manna

West Calaveras resident Sal Manna has been a freelance journalist and writer for three decades, with publications in Time, People, Playboy, The Los Angeles Times, Boston Herald, Newsday, and many other newspapers and magazines.

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