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California’s El Camino Real and Its Historic Bells

Second Edition

Author: Max Kurillo

California’s El Camino Real and Its Historic Bells is the first book to trace the history, development and preservation of this historic West Coast transportation corridor.

The “King’s Highway” would eventually extend almost 2,000 miles north to a final destination in Sonoma, Alta California, and remained that region’s main artery.

Foot traffic and pack trains of heavily-laden mules dominated activity in the early days, followed by bicyclists, then the roar of automobiles. Yet despite its importance, the memory of this early road was almost lost.

Fortunately, a number of men and women’s clubs, state and county governments and Caltrans came to its rescue. This book chronicles the determined efforts to renew El Camino Real and the familiar roadside bell markers, unique and enduring symbols of California’s cultural heritage. With over 40 maps and 70 illustrations, that focuses on documenting, and conserving the natural and historical heritage of this unique historical road.

About the Author

Max Kurillo

Max Kurillo has been researching, writing, and lecturing about the California missions for many decades and has published several books, articles, and booklets about the missions. He worked with and appeared with Huell Howser on the California Gold production of “The Bells of El Camino Real,” and appeared on KECT (Los Angeles) and KPBS (San Diego) with Howser discussing the mission bells. Kurillo has visited all the 48 missions in Baja and Alta California. He won the Native Daughters of the Gold West “California Image Award” for his work documenting El Camino Real. He has published in the Ventura County Historical Society Quarterly, Pacific Coast Archaeological Society Quarterly, the American Bell Association’s Bell Tower, and the California Missions Foundation’s Boletín. California State Parks featured a panel display entitled “California Historic Corridor” based on his work and photographs. Kurillo lives in the San Diego area.