Monthly Archives: January 2017

In Camp and Cabin

John Steele came to California in 1850 as a young man of eighteen. He spent three years as a gold miner in California before returning to his home in Wisconsin, where he studied for the ministry and became a preacher … Continue reading

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The Lakeside Classics

For Christmas my daughter gave me a book in the Lakeside Classics series. These books are a bibliophile’s and librarian’s dream, and being a librarian and a bit of a bibliophile, I fell in love with the first one I … Continue reading

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A Visit to the Society of California Pioneers

The Society of California Pioneers is a small organization with a big history and an impressive research library. Yours truly likes nothing better than an afternoon spent in a research library, so last Thursday I visited Pioneer Hall in San … Continue reading

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Folklore Friday from ANCHR

Every Friday the Association for Northern California Historical Research — ANCHR — posts an audio clip on Facebook from Dr. Hector Lee on northern California folklore and history. This one is about William B. Ide, participant in the Bear Flag … Continue reading

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The Man Who Founded New Mecklenburg — Leaving California

The year 1847 ended with the greatest expectations and it seemed that the following year would crown my success. Around my dwelling, whose doors were never locked, the former wilderness had changed into gardens and large fields of various kinds … Continue reading

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The Great Flood of 1850

On January 8, 1850 it commenced raining in the Sacramento Valley. The rain continued for ten days, and this after an already wet winter, with rains that began in October 1849. Sacramento City, built on the riverside where the American … Continue reading

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The Man Who Founded New Mecklenburg, part 3

You can get an idea of how productive an operation Theodore Cordua was running in 1848 from this letter excerpt, written by John Bidwell to his partner George McKinstry that April: Cordua at the head of his fleet has set … Continue reading

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