Monthly Archives: March 2020

Brother to Brother

John Bidwell spent the summer and fall of 1850 in New York City and Washington, D.C., waiting for Congress to pass the bill that would make California a state of the Union. Once that was accomplished, he took the statehood … Continue reading

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Don Roberto Livermore

Robert Livermore, Englishman, runaway sailor, Mexican land grantee and early Californian, is buried in old Mission San José. The grave marker was found  when the wooden church that replaced the original adobe building (destroyed in an earthquake in 1868) was … Continue reading

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A Visit to Mission San José

Mission San José is not in San José. Probably a lot of you knew that. I knew that the old Spanish mission in San José is Mission Santa Clara, located on the grounds of Santa Clara University. And I knew … Continue reading

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