I love this historial account of camping in the later 1800s!

Jack Elliott's Santa Barbara Adventure

A man by the name of John R. G. Hassard wrote the following narrative of his “camping expedition of sixty-eight days” in the Ventura County backcountry of California. As an aside, Ventura County was created on January 1, 1873 and was split from and taken out of Santa Barbara County.

“In these pages,” writes Hassard, “I propose telling how we lived without hardship on a remote mountain, hunting, fishing, exploring wild places, and idling in the shade of the pines.”

The story was published in March 1887 in The Century, a popular quarterly publication of the time. The black and white drawings accompanied the story as originally published. I have added color photos of some of the places mentioned.

“There was a flavor of adventure in those expeditions into the dark and lonely woods, with the suppers of bacon and freshly caught trout and the late lingering over the…

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