West of the West: Tales From California's Channel


Season 1, Episode 2 of 3

6. The Last Round-up - Tim Vail, 4th generation rancher on Santa Rosa Island, gives a personal history of his family's involvement there while lamenting the end of their cattle operation after a century. The parallel story is the birth of Channel Islands National Park as told by Bill Ehorn, the founding Park Supervisor and friend of the Vails. 7. Graveyard of Ships - The Channel Islands lie in one of the most hazardous shipping channels in the world. While telling the story of the crash of the paddle wheel steamer Winfield Scott into middle Anacapa Island in 1853, Bob Schwemmer of NOAA and others also describe some of the more than 500 other wrecks in Marine Sanctuary Waters. Many of which can be dived on today in this "underwater museum." 8. Magic Isle - Santa Catalina Island - Catalina is the most widely known of the Channel Islands, and the only one still privately owned. Its fame is the result of the vision of one man, William Wrigley Jr. who bought the island sight unseen in 1919. We chronicle its glory years of movie stars, the Chicago Cubs, and Big Band dancing in the Casino, as well as its struggles to stay relevant today. William Wrigley's great grand-daughter Alison Rusack and her family tell us about the challenges and joys of keeping his dream alive. 9. The Legendary King of San Miguel Island - Betsy Lester Roberti travels back to the windswept and desolate island where she grew up as a child. She describes her "Swiss Family Lester' upbringing and her larger than life father Herbie. And his untimely demise on the eve of World War 2.

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