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Alfred Armstrong "Doc" Beaty
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Birth: Sep. 7, 1870
Waco
McLennan County
Texas, USA
Death: Jun. 1, 1949
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA

Alfred Armstrong Beaty

January 1913 - Doc moved to Borego Valley near San Diego. His exploits are described by Phil Brigandi in The Journal of San Diego History, Winter 1997, Volume 43, Number 1, "A Place Called Borego, Homesteader Days in the Borrego Valley"

"Beaty's Ice Box" is in Borrego State Park. When the trail to Highway 99 was built through the desert in 1929, there was a Base Camp here, and a cool cave served as a natural ice-box. Alford Armstrong ("Old Doc") Beaty was an early homesteader and promoter of the road. The cave was washed away but the name remains for the Canyon. ~ Parker, p. 33.
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Borego's most famous early settler arrived in the valley. Alfred Armstrong "Doc" Beatty (1871-1949) had been a bronc buster, stage driver, resort operator, Imperial Valley boomer, and miner. Now he was going to be a desert farmer. With him were his daughter, Fleta, and his wife Frances. Though only six years old, his daughter never forgot their first glimpse of their new home. They had come down Grapevine Canyon, then followed San Felipe Creek down through The Narrows, then turned north over the hills toward the valley:

"I remember we came up the hill and we looked down there, and Borrego Lake [Sink] used to be as white as snow with alkali, and my dad came up to the wagon and he says, "Well, there it is." And mama began to cry I never will forget it and she said, "You told me it was farming land, what in the world can you farm on that?"

The Borrego Airport Pilot House is on 97 acres which were homesteaded more than 100 years ago by the area's most famous pioneer, Alfred Armstrong "Doc" Beaty (1870-1949).
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Land Records:
Name: ALFRED A BEATY

Date: 28 May 1917
Location: CA, San Diego
Document #: 586204
Serial #: CAEC 0001442
Sale Type: Homestead
Meridian or Watershed: SB
Parcel: Township 011S, Range 006E, Section 2

Date: 29 Jul 1920
Location: CA, San Diego
Document #: 764771
Serial #: CAEC 0001752
Sale Type: Desert Land Act
Meridian or Watershed: SB
Parcel: Township 009S, Range 006E, Section 30

Date: 29 Jul 1920
Location: CA, San Diego
Document #: 764771
Serial #: CAEC 0001752
Sale Type: Desert Land Act
Meridian or Watershed: SB
Parcel: Township 009S, Range 006E, Section 31
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 Parents:
  David Standley Beaty (1826 - 1872)
  Mary Walker Beaty (1831 - 1902)
 
 Spouse:
  Frances Harriett Cook Beaty (1884 - 1958)
 
Burial:
Unknown
 
Created by: Pat McArron
Record added: Jul 15, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 93639120
Alfred Armstrong Doc Beaty
Added by: Pat McArron
 
 
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Gone but never forgotten
- Pat McArron
 Added: Dec. 4, 2016
 
 
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