My name is Mike Merritt and I am conducting research into William White Waddell born 1818 in Mason Co., KY and died in Waddell canyon from a bear attack in 1875. I work for California State Parks and am trying to learn more about him. He built a lumber mill in a canyon north of Santa Cruz that bears his name today, Waddell Canyon. He also built a landing at present day Ano Nuevo State Park with a tramway connecting the mill.
If you know anything more about this subject or could point me to somebody who does I would be most appreciated. There is only one picture of him and only a few stories of William Waddell.