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  •  From the above link (6+ / 0-)
    The plane crashed about a mile east of the Fresno County Industrial Road Camp, a work camp for convicts. Mel Willmurth, a superintendent at the camp, dispatched inmates to help put out the ground fire started by the crash.  
    Fresno County Industrial Road Camp
    Shown, but not named on the Sherman Peak 7.5' quadrangle. The old road camp is located at N36° 14.554; W120° 35.785. This prison inmate camp opened in 1939 and closed in 1956. It housed trustee inmates who did area maintenance work for the state and county while completing their jail time. There work mostly consisted of county roadwork, building firebreaks and rural fire fighting. The camp closed in 1956 when the nearby California Department Forestry moved their Murrieta Fire Camp to this location. The state closed the fire camp in 1965 and sold it. Many people refer this place as the Joaquin Murrieta Road Camp.

    Hobbs: "How come we play war and not peace?" Calvin: "Too few role models."

    by BOHICA on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 05:09:55 PM PST

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    •  Thanks! And thanks for the diary. (6+ / 0-)
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      BOHICA, Bugsby, KenBee, Ahianne, PSzymeczek, ancblu

      Going and reading the link (what a concept!) the whole story is now really vivid for me. I'll never hear the song again without visualizing the DC-3, a flight from Oakland headed for El Centro, the pilot and his wife, the stewardess. The WWI vet INS guard.

      Not having ever seen the newspaper story Woody saw, that cast of characters was as nameless and faceless to me as were Juan y Rosalita.

      “Perhaps the most 'spiritual' thing any of us can do is simply to look through our own eyes, see with eyes of wholeness, and act with integrity and kindness.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

      by DaNang65 on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 05:23:11 PM PST

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