The grave of B. B. Barker, San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

History & Profiles

BL Longform: Burwell Barker, William McGarvey and the missing buried gold

The conclusion of a tragic tale of Old San Juan Bautista.

B. B. Barker, date unknown. Tintype mirrored to show true orientation. Photo courtesy of Lee Chandler.

History & Profiles

BL Longform: 1866 gunfight at Kemp’s Saloon ends in death of justice of the peace

A once-forgotten tale of Old San Juan Bautista emerges from the shadows.