Monthly Archives: May 2014

Happening this Weekend

There’s a lot going on the weekend of May 10-11, with events for every interest and taste, all in beautiful Butte County. Here are two of them: Feather Fiesta Days is the big event in Oroville. The Butte County Historical … Continue reading

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Why Did President Hayes Visit a “Backwater” Like Chico?

Larry commented on my previous post about bridges that “Someone asked me why these dignitaries came to a “backwater” place.” What was the president of the United States, the First Lady, Secretary of War Ramsey, General William Tecumseh Sherman, and … Continue reading

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Dmitry Zavalishin’s Bold Plan

If Dmitry Zavalishin’s colonial visions had come to pass, Northern California would be New Russia, not the State of Jefferson or any other part of the United States. It’s pretty hard to imagine, but he certainly used all his charm … Continue reading

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California through Russian Eyes

Anyone interested in the Russian presence in early California can do no better than to read California through Russian Eyes, 1806-1848, compiled translated, and edited by James R. Gibson (Arthur H. Clark Company, 2013), the second volume in a series … Continue reading

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