About the Author
Roberta Martin Starry has explored, painted, photographed, and written about the California, Arizona, Nevada and Oregon backcountry for the past 50 years. She also gave lectures and tours for students, youth groups, and museum members on the history, geology and flora of the eastern Kern County.
Now retired, Roberta Martin Starry had for many years been the Rand area correspondent for "the Bakersfield California". A member of Western Writers of America, she was also a free-lance writer with articles and photos appearing in many national publications including: The West, Collector's World, National Park Magazine, Mother Earth News and American Gold News. Articles and photos were used in regional publications including: Desert Magazine, Nevada and California Supplements. Through the years, her photographs of desert subjects, paintings and historical articles have won numerous awards.
Suzanne Knudson is by training an anthropologist, with a specialization in historical archaeology. Currently a community college professor, she has also traveled extensively throughout the United States, and has visited historic sites around the world. She has done field work in the Middle East, Utah, Virigina and California and has conducted summer educational programs for secondary education students at historic sites in Virginia. She is presently involved in an historical survey of the Carson and Colorado railroad right of way, and in an historic restoration project in the ghost town of Garlock, California.