“Woods in Morning Light,”
photograph of Lake Leonard by Robert B. Taylor, 2013
Lake Leonard & Reeves Canyon
184 pages, cultural and natural history, 200 black-and-white and color illustrations, including historic and contemporary photographs and maps.
Mendocino Book Company, Ukiah
Grace Hudson Museum, Ukiah
Gallery Bookshop, Mendocino (online ordering)
Historical Society of Mendocino County, Ukiah (online ordering)
Kelley House Museum, Mendocino (online ordering)
The Book Juggler, Willits (online ordering)
Guest House Museum, Fort Bragg
How It All Began
A chance encounter ... a trunk of historic photographs … a cache of letters—the stuff of history inspires Mendocino Refuge: Lake Leonard & Reeves Canyon. Historian Dot Brovarney unpacks the trunk and much more. This engaging book introduces a cast of tough-as-leather characters who have peopled this rugged canyon and colored its history. Mendocino Refuge tells a multifaceted story of this wild place on California’s North Coast through its human inhabitants and the plants and animals who share it.
Hazel Putnam’s trunk holds memories of her life in Reeves Canyon, 2022. Tom Liden, photographer. Trunk loan courtesy of the Peter Wagner family.