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Photographer: Andrew Ruppenstein
Taken: April 5, 2009
Caption: Murrieta's Well - Detail
Additional Description: Directly above the well's spigot are handpainted tiles of Joaquin and his men driving a herd of wild mustangs.
Although driving mustangs to Sonora may have been one way for Murrieta to earn a living, he is better known for having terrorized California until his death in 1853, having committed a large number of robberies and cold-blooded murders. But myths have both their attractions and uses, and so after his death Murrieta was transformed from a bloodthirsty bandit into a Robin Hood.
Submitted: April 14, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
Database Locator Identification Number: p59362
File Size: 2.414 Megabytes
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