So Cal Historyland

Orange Indians About Me Ramona Scouting Orange County Anza-Borrego Riverside-San Diego Co Temecula Hemet/San Jacinto Order of the Arrow Lost Valley Home PCT Names

Hello there . . .

I've been researching and writing local history since 1975. I mostly write about the people and places that interest me here in Southern California. 

This website is my way to share a little of what I've learned with a wider audience. That's what a historian does after all. You gather up material, then you share it with people.

For a growing collection of stories from the history of Orange County, be sure to check out my new website:

Some of the stories here are just excerpts from my research, taken from the books and articles I've already published. Others come from stories I still hope to publish one of these days. In the future, I plan to add more stories.

I hope you'll enjoy these examples from my work. If you'd like to quote from them, it might be nice to ask first.

Phil Brigandi

Email: ramonaphile *at*

(you know how to make it work)

You'll find links up above to these pages:

* The Anza-Borrego Desert -- a Southern California wilderness 

* Ramona -- History and Myth in Southern California

* The Riverside / San Diego County Backcountry

* Temecula -- at the crossroads of history

* Hemet & San Jacinto

* Southern California's Indians

* Lost Valley -- my backcountry home

* Scouting and the Order of the Arrow

* About Me

"It's disappointing to become a leading authority in the field when you still have so much you want to learn." -- Garrison Keillor