Louise Jackson is a writer of Sierra Nevada history, childhood education and poetry. Mother of three, teacher, business manager, artist, and writer, she grew up in the small town of Exeter in the farmlands of California’s eastern San Joaquin Valley.
She received her B.A. from UCLA with a degree in English and history, and pursued graduate studies in California and Nevada. Over the years her occupations have included business management, elementary-school teaching, historical research and writing. Her published works include The Mule Men: A History of Stock Packing in the Sierra Nevada; Mineral King: The Story of Beulah; The Sierra Nevada Before History; The Visalia Electric Railroad: Stories of the Early Years; A Man For His Times: The Sonny Rouch Story; a weekly newspaper education column, numerous history articles, essays, and poetry.
Louise’s ties to the Sierra Nevada region run deep. Her ancestral family settled in the southern Sierra's Kings, Tule, and Kaweah River areas during the 1850s, and she spent her childhood summers in the Kaweah River highlands at the family’s Mineral King resort. She still calls Mineral King her second home and has spent most of her adult life exploring, researching, and writing about the entire Sierra Nevada.
After living for thirty-two years in the northern Sierra Nevada, Louise returned to the southern Sierra and now resides in a one-hundred-year-old adobe home in the foothill community of Three Rivers, near the entrance to Sequoia National Park.