The Merced County Courthouse Museum will open "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: A Colorful History of Merced County" Oct. 6.
It will be the newest exhibit of the museum and will explore little-known history of Merced County from before the county's beginnings in 1855 to the present day. Highlights include the whereabouts of Joaquin Murrieta, the Snelling Wild West shootout, the legacy of freed slaves, avenging the honor of Rowena Steele, the Livingston connection to the Dalton Gang, the 1906 earthquake, the bootlegging affair, the 1931 fatal school bus accident, the heroic polio fights and the underworld of vice king Rusty Doan.
At the opening reception on Thursday, Oct. 6, Charlie Galatro will give a PowerPoint presentation entitled, "Heroes or Villains: Joaquin Murrieta and the Dalton Gang." For more information, please call (209) 723-2401 or visit www.mercedmuseum.org. Follow us at Facebook.com/mercedmuseum.