|Heartfelt thanks to Dr. James E. Officer and Dr. Bernard L.
Fontana, Professors Emeritus, University of Arizona, Tucson,
and Thomas E. Sheridan, Arizona State Museum. Collectively,
they gave or from whom I received support and encouragement
to pursue an interest in borderland history.
The National Archives, Pacific Southwest Region, Laguna Niguel,
California, and Archivist Suzanne Dewberry are especially acknowledged.
For over twelve months, the Archives was home away from home, as
this research project grew larger and larger.
The Huntington Library, San Marino, California was most generous
in allowing use of their excellent facility and resources on homestead
The Los Angeles County Law Library, Los Angeles, California was
a convenient resource for early United States statutes covering
Public Land laws.