Thrilling Tales of the Montrose Search and Rescue with Mike Lawler

Event date: 
Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
Once Upon A Time Bookstore
2207 Honolulu Ave.
Montrose, CA 91020

Experience the past with our local historian!

Thrilling Tales of the Montrose Search and Rescue by Mike Lawler

Join us as we welcome Mike Lawler and his newest book about the history of our local valley! 

If you can't make it to the event but would like a copy signed and personalized, please feel free to contact us before the event or order online below. 

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About the Book: Los Angeles is one of the biggest cities in the world, but is incongruously a ten-minute drive from a vast impenetrable mountain wilderness, the Angeles National Forest. This 700,000-acre forest includes the San Gabriel Mountains, which are among the most treacherous and steep mountain ranges in the world. Every year, thousands of people get lost or injured hiking or skiing, get trapped in the abandoned mines that honeycomb the remote canyons, or drive their cars or motorcycles off the precipitous mountain roads that snake along cliff faces.


Since 1947, a dedicated group of volunteers from the Crescenta Valley has been rescuing these hapless victims. The Montrose Search and Rescue team is one of the oldest SAR groups in the nation, and among the most professional, despite receiving no pay for risking their lives. They perform search and rescue feats high on peaks, down in canyons, deep underground, in the snow and ice, and from the air. They have been called to travel nationwide to assist other SAR teams with less expertise. In their seventy years of service they have racked up thousands of thrilling rescues. Most of the stories are uplifting, but some will break your heart. These men are modern-day heroes, and they live right here in our community.

Mike Lawler author photo from the Crescenta Valley Weekly

About the Author: Mike Lawler is considered the local expert on the history of the Crescenta Valley. He was the president of the Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley for over a decade. He has his name on six local history books, and has written a weekly newspaper column on local history for the last eight years. 

Thrilling Tales of the Montrose Search and Rescue Cover Image
ISBN: 9781634990776
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: America Through Time - November 26th, 2018

Crescenta Valley History: Hidden in Plain Sight Cover Image
ISBN: 9781634990318
Availability: Coming from our Warehouse. Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: America Through Time - October 2nd, 2017

The Great Crescenta Valley Flood: New Year's Day 1934 (Disaster) Cover Image
By Art Cobery, Mike Lawler (With), Pam Lawler (With)
ISBN: 9781609494490
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: History Press - October 16th, 2012

The Crescenta Valley (Then & Now (Arcadia)) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780738580791
Availability: Coming from our Warehouse. Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - June 23rd, 2010

Wicked Crescenta Valley Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626193062
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: History Press - May 20th, 2014

Murder & Mayhem in the Crescenta Valley Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609499976
Availability: Not Available - Possibly Out of Print
Published: History Press (SC) - August 20th, 2013

La Crescenta (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780738530741
Availability: Coming from our Warehouse. Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - March 8th, 2006

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