Branding Irons

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The Branding Iron is the quarterly historical publication of the Los Angeles Corral of The Westerners. It began in 1947 as The Brand Book, but after five issues was re-named The Branding Iron. It features articles on the history of Los Angeles, Southern California, and the West, along with book reviews, and news about the Corral and its members. Many of the articles were written by noted scholars and local historians. The early numbering is not consecutive because other Corral publications including some Keepsakes, were originally included along with the quarterly. Only the Branding Irons are included here.

All Branding Iron issues are now available.  To search the entirety of the collection, download a complete .pdf file here.

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Westerners is seeking well-written, academic Western articles.  The submission parameters can be found here.  Completed forms may be submitted to Publication Editor Steve Lech, at rivcokid@gmail.com.

The current issues of the Branding Iron are available only to Westerner members.  Become a member today and visit the Members Only tab on our website for access to the current Branding Irons.  Past editions are available below.  

278. Spring 2015

277. Winter 2015

276. Fall 2014

275. Summer 2014

274. Spring 2014

“China City – The Busy Little Village North of the Plaza” by Glenna Dunning.

“Ninety-Four Years of The Pacific Mail Steamship Company – An Overview” by James Shuttleworth.

“When ‘Judge Lynch’ Came to San Jacinto” by Steve Lech.

273. Winter 2014

“Crossing California’s Little Sahara Imperial County’s Plank Road” (This is a look at motoring across the sand dunes of Imperial County for many years during the beginnings of the automotive age.) By John W. Robinson.

“Affairs of the Heart in Early Los Angeles” (An interesting visit to the post office in1848 is presented and a special letter from 1848) by Eric A. Nelson.

272. Fall 2013

“The Many Lives of the Three Godfathers” (A Christmas story entitled “The Three Godfathers,”) which began life as a short novel by Peter B. Kyne and later was made and remade into movies) by Abraham Hoffman.

“John Muir — A Thoughtful Moment, 1911″ (A rare insight into a personal moment shared by John Muir and a longtime friend through some unpublished surviving, hastily hand-written correspondence) by Joseph Cavallo.

“Local History: What is Wrong and What is Right” (A discussion of the varying views of local historians versus academic) by Dr. Ronald Limbaugh.

271. Summer 2013

“The Tunnel” (A trip through the famous San Jacinto Tunnel of the Metropolitan Water District; and the Colorado River Aqueduct) by Phil Brigandi.

“The Aqueduct Doctor” (The tale of Dr. Raymond Taylor, “The Aqueduct Doctor,” who provided medical assistance to the workers on William Mulhollandís aqueduct in the early 1900s) by Paul H. Rippens.

All of the following issues of the Branding Iron are available to the public.  

270. Spring 2013

267, 268, & 269. Summer, Fall, & Winter 2012

266. Spring 2012

265. Winter 2011

264. Fall 2011

263. Summer 2011

262. Spring 2011

261. Winter 2010

260. Fall 2010

259. Summer 2010

258. Spring 2010

257. Winter 2009

256. Fall 2009

255. Summer 2009

254. Spring 2009

253. Winter 2008

252. Fall 2008

251. Summer 2008

250. Winter 2007-2008

249. Fall 2007

248. Spring 2007 (b)

247. Spring 2007

246. Winter 2006

245. Fall 2006

244. Summer 2006

243. Spring 2006

242. Winter 2005

241. Fall 2005

240. Summer 2005

239. Spring 2005

238. Winter 2004

237. Fall 2004

236. Summer 2004

235. Spring 2004

234. Winter 2003

233. Fall 2003

232. Summer 2003

231. Spring 2003

230. Winter 2002-2003

229. Fall 2002

228. Summer 2002

227. Spring 2002

226. Winter 2001-2002

225. Fall 2001

224. Summer 2001

223. Spring 2001

222. Winter 2000

221. Fall 2000

220. Summer 2000

219. Spring 2000

218. Winter 1999

217. Fall 1999

216. Summer 1999

215. Spring 1999

214. Winter 1998

213. Fall 1998

212. Summer 1998

211. Spring 1998

210. Winter 1997

209. Fall 1997

208. Summer 1997

207. Spring 1997

206. Winter 1996

205. Fall 1996

204. Summer 1996

203. Spring 1996

202. Winter 1995

201. Fall 1995

200. Summer 1995

199. Spring 1995

198. Winter 1994

197. Fall 1994

196. Summer 1994

195. Spring 1994

194. Winter 1994

193. Fall 1993

192. Summer 1993

191. Spring 1993

190. Winter 1992

189. Fall 1992

188. Summer 1992

187. Spring 1992

186. Winter 1991

185. Fall 1991

184. Summer 1991

183. Spring 1991

182. Winter 1990 & 1991

181. Fall 1990

180. Summer 1990

179. Spring 1990

178. Winter 1989-1990

177. Fall 1989

176. Summer 1989

175. Spring 1989

174. Winter 1988

173. Fall 1988

172. Summer 1988

171. Spring 1988

170. Winter 1987

169. Fall 1987

168. Summer 1987

167. Winter 1986

166. Fall 1986

165. Fall 1986

164. Summer 1986

163. Spring 1986

162. Winter 1985

160. Fall 1985

159. Summer 1985

158. Spring 1985

157. December 1984

156. September 1984

155. June 1984

154. March 1984

153. December 1983

152. September 1983

151. June 1983

150. March 1983

149. December 1982

148. September 1982

147. June 1982

146. March 1981

145. December 1981

144. September 1981

143. June 1981

142. March 1981

141. December 1980

140. September 1980

139. June 1980

138. March 1980

137. December 1979

136. September 1979

135. June 1979

134. March 1979

133. December 1978

132. September 1978

131. June 1978

130. March 1978

129. December 1977

128. September 1977

127. June 1977

125. March 1977

124. December 1976

123. September 1976

122. June 1976

121. March 1976

120. December 1975

119. September 1975

118. June 1975

117. March 1975

116. December 1974

115. September 1974

114. June 1974

113. March 1974

112. December 1973

111. September 1973

110. June 1973

109. March 1973

108. December 1972

107. September 1972

106. June 1972

105. March 1972

104. December 1971

103. September 1971

102. September 1971

101. June 1971

100. March 1971

099. December 1970

098. September 1970

097. June 1970

096. March 1970

094. December 1969

093. September 1969

092. June 1969

091. March 1969

090. March 1969

089. December 1968

088. September 1968

087. June 1968

086. March 1968

085. December 1967

084. September 1967

083. June 1967

082.  March 1967

079. December 1966

078. September 1966

077.  June 1966

076. March 1966

075. December 1965

074. September 1965

073. June 1965

072. March 1965

071. December 1964

070. September 1964

069. June 1964

068. March 1964

067. December 1963

066. September 1963

065. June 1963

064. March 1963

063. December 1962

062. September 1962

061. June 1962

060. March 1962

059. December 1961

058. September-October 1961

057. June 1961

056. March 1961

055. December 1960

054. September 1960

053. June 1960

052. March 1960

051. December 1959

050. September 1959

049. June 1959

048. December 1958

047. December 1958

045. September 1958

044. June 1958

041. March 1958

040. December 1957

039. September 1957

038. June 1957

037. March 1957

036. December 1956

035. September 1956

034. June 1956

033. March 1956

032. December 1955

031. September 1955

030. June 1955

029. March 1955

028. December 1954

027. December 1954

026. September 1954

025. June 1954

024. March 1954

022. December 1953

021. September 1951

020. June 1953

018. March 1953

016. Publication 16 1951

015. Publication 15 1951

014. Publication 14 1951

013. Publication 13 1951

012. December 1950

011. September 1950

010. June 1950

009. March 1950

008. December 1948

007. September 1948

006. July 1948

005. April 1948

004. March 1948

001.5. May & June 1947

001.4. September & October 1947

001.3. July & August 1947

001.2. March & April 1947

001.1. January & February 1947