Welcome to Buckthorn Publishing

Trails and Tales of Cajon Pass and Route 66Buckthorn Publishing was born from a love of the local history of Route 66 and the area of Cajon Pass - the gateway between the east and Southern California.

John and Sandy Hockaday had a keen interest in this history and collaborated in collecting histories of this region. Meeting with some of the original pioneers and their children, these 1st hand accounts are incorporated with material from extensive research and original photos to form the most interesting and unique perceptions of the colorful history that has shaped Southern California.

Sandy has gone on to join the pioneers, but John continues to bring his unique, original American style to the new publications.

Blue Cut Fire:   You may have seen John on TV recently, as there were several news stories featuring him fighting the Blue Cut fire in Cajon Pass, trying to save his property containing the oldest house in Cajon Pass.   Due to the interest raised by the news casts and fire, we will add some new blogs shortly.