The Mussel Slough Affair

Richard J. Orsi

in Sunset Limited

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780520200197
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940864 | DOI:
The Mussel Slough Affair

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This chapter examines the Mussel Slough Affair, which involved the Southern Pacific Company and the rival claimants to its lands. It studies the “Octopus” Myth, a fictional account of the Battle of Mussel Slough, the most notorious conflict between the Southern Pacific and the rival claimants to its lands. The chapter then lists the six core elements of a traditional account of the Battle of Mussel Slough. The legal origins of the dispute, the movement of hundreds of squatters into land owned by the Southern Pacific, and the efforts of the Southern Pacific to reach a compromise with the squatters are discussed in detail. The chapter considers the Settlers' Grand League, which was aimed at resisting the supposed railroad lands of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company in the Mussel Slough District. It concludes with a discussion of the eviction of the squatters, and of the Battle of Mussel Slough and its aftermath.

Keywords: Mussel Slough Affair; Octopus Myth; Mussel Slough battle; squatters; compromise; Settlers' Grand League; eviction

Chapter.  5388 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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