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BAJA CALIFORNIA, 1949-1950: Photographs by Marquis McDonald

Marquis McDonald traveled the length of the Baja California peninsula in a Jeep with his friend Glenn Oster. Inspired by Arthur W. North's 1905 mule-back journey described in the book Camp and Camino in Lower California the two men set out in the fall of 1949 to visit all the known mission locations in Baja California. In 1968 McDonald published a book about the adventure, Baja: land of lost missions. Mandeville Special Collections houses over 150 original photographs by McDonald which document the peninsula's missions, ruins, and scenery. A selection here follows. All quoted text from McDonald's book.