Winchester House

Charming Connecticut society belle Sarah Pardee married William Wirt Winchester in 1862, when she was 23. Both were from prominent New Haven families; the groom was the son of Oliver Winchester,

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California Poppy

City and street names in modern Northern California reflect our Spanish/Mexican heritage, and the names of early Euro-American explorers and pioneers. Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Marin County is named for the

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CA poppy close view Two well-known, well-traveled arteries in Los Angeles–Sepulveda and La Cienega Boulevards—are named for Spanish-era California pioneers the Sepulveda family and their later ranch. Sepulveda

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Mono LakeFur trappers were the first non-Indians to discover the blue expanse of Mono Lake east of Yosemite, cradled by mountains and volcanoes in the parched region  named the Great Basin in 1844 by Army explorer John C. Fremont. Formed in the Ice Age,

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Vandalism and petty acts of violence had been escalating in Sacramento for months before finally erupting in bloodshed on August 14, 1850, at the corner of 4th and J Streets. The hotly contented issue was property rights, and emotions on both sides were

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