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Marshal South: An Experiment Of Primitive Life In The San Diego Desert

It's a piece of San Diego County history with which many are unfamiliar.

It was 1930, and the Depression hit many Americans hard. Marshal South and his wife Tanya didn't want to stand in a bread line, so they decided to rid their lives of social obligations and material possessions and instead, take up a life of isolation and naturalism. They called it the "experiment in primitive living.'"


Rider South,
son of Marshal South


The Souths moved to Ghost Mountain in today's Anza-Borrego Desert, built a home by hand, raised three children and chronicled their story in a series of articles in Desert Magazine.

Rider South is one of their children born while the couple lived on Ghost Mountain. He's in San Diego to discuss details about his famous father and the 17-year experiment of living on a remote mountaintop.

Rider South will be speaking at the San Diego Yacht Club on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 at noon and throughout San Diego through Oct. 30. For more information check online at Sunbelt Publications.

Ghost Mountain Ruins

Video of Ghost Mountain ruins

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