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Ghost Mountain’s ‘Rider South’ at the Library

Oceanside CA-(Special Event) Join us for an evening of adventure with Rider South at the Oceanside Public Library on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. in the Civic Center Library Foundation Room at 330 North Coast Highway. Rider’s father, the late Marshal South was primarily known for his experiment in primitive living and is not often remembered as a talented writer of western fiction. It is Rider’s hope that with the publication of Marshal South Rides Again: His Anza-Borrego Novels, a new generation will discover Marshal South.

Sixty-five years ago, Rider South came down from Anza-Borrego’s Ghost Mountain as a young teenager; he had spent a majority of his life as part of his parents’ experiment in primitive living. This experiment had a large following of readers as it was chronicled as a monthly series by his father in the pages of Desert Magazine. This series ran for nine consecutive years from 1939 to 1948. Visitors to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park still climb the mile-long trail to what had once been the South homestead, wondering how a family could possibly survive. The Souths did, for almost 17 years, building their home by hand, hauling water and necessities to the mountaintop, and raising a family. Today, only the ruins of Yaquitepec remain, slowly melting back into the desert.

Diana Lindsay, who wrote the foreword to Marshal South and the Ghost Mountain Chronicles: An Experiment in Primitive Living will present a brief introduction that provides some background to the Ghost Mountain family before Rider will entertain questions from the audience. Marshal South’s western novels, packaged in a single volume will be available for purchase, as well as copies of Marshal South and the Ghost Mountain Chronicles.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Oceanside Public Library.