A salute to Black pioneers

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Nate Harrison’s cabin, seen on Mount Palomar circa 1940, has been razed and bed & breakfast hostelry invites guests to reminisce at that location now. ValleyNews/Bill Stubblefield photo
Rebecca Marshall Farnbach Special to Valley News The histories of four Black pioneers from the southwest Riverside County and North San Diego County 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 before moving to San Diego where he operated a hotel for a while. He went to Rancho San Felipe, near Warner Springs, where he married a Native woman. He was evicted from land he had settled near
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