Richard H. Peterson, Book Review Editor
Kit Carson’s Long Walk and Other True Tales of Old San Diego. By Henry Schwartz. La Mesa, California: Associated Creative Writers, 1980. 112 pages. $3.95.
This is a collection of thirteen fascinating articles about colorful historic figures of San Diego’s Old Town. The narratives include an account of Kit Carson’s long walk to San Diego following the Battle of San Pasqual, the romance and elopement of Henry Delano Fitch and Josefa Carrillo, and Helen Hunt Jackson’s visits to San Diego and her writing of Ramona. Such other San Diego personalities as Agoston Haraszthy, George Derby, and Mary Walker are discussed. Because of the absence of an index, footnotes, and a bibliography, the book will have limited appeal to serious scholars, but it will find a wide audience among local history buffs.