The Mussel Slough Chronicles – A California Tragedy

Posted by on July 6, 2021 in Plays

A staged reading occurred on May 7, 2022, 2 years after being postponed on May 9, 2022 the 140th anniversary of the Mussel Slough Tragedy. Unknown story, except for Hanford locals, where a gunfight in 1880 took the lives of eleven. Poor farmers, unfairly called sand-lappers, worked to make California Central Valley an agricultural mecca, what it is today. However, it came at a price. Trickery, thievery, railroad deception and corruption from railroad executives, and Leland Stanford minimizing the impact of these farmers, justice had to be sought. These hard-working farmers developed a league to pool their finances to plead their case in court. However, the Railroad had other plans. Play in progress for the Kings County Historical Society and all Hanford history buffs. Play reading was postponed from May 9, 2020 due to the pandemic.

Commissioned play by the Kings County Historical Society