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By Rebecca Marshall Farnbach
Special to Village News 

A salute to Black pioneers


Last updated 3/1/2021 at 3:57pm


Valley News/Bill Stubblefield photo

Nate Harrison's cabin on Mt. Palomar, circa 1940. His cabin has been razed and bed & breakfast hostelry invites guests to reminisce at that location now.

There were four pioneers whose remarkable stories should not be forgotten: James Hamilton, Albert and Margaret Robinson, and Nate Harrison. They settled in Anza, Julian, and on Palomar Mountain.

James Hamilton was born in Ohio. In the late 1840s, he and a brother came west with a Mormon group heading to Utah Territory. Hamilton arrived in San Bernardino in 1850 and then moved to San Diego where he operated a hotel for a while.

James went to Rancho San Felipe, near Warner Springs, where he married a Native woman. He was evicted from land he had settled near San Felipe and came to a valley b...

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