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Each year the town of Three Rocks,
a tiny settlement in the agricultural
San Joaquin Valley, hosts a pilgrimage to the
death site of a 19th century bandit named Joaquin Murrieta.
Reviled by some, revered by others, Murrieta
was a bandit who -- some say -- plagued the state
of California in the 1850s. Rumor has it that he was
killed by a bounty hunter just a few miles
from the now fertile fields of Fresno County.
Today, Murrieta's life and his violent death are being
transformed into a symbol of resistance.
During the annual pilgrimage, the town of Three
Rocks celebrates this idea, and momentarily escapes the
monotonous drone of the modern agricultural system
which surrounds it.