The inscription on the Maiden’s Grave marker reads: “Broken dreams and hope, carried 2,000 miles through scorching deserts and over loft mountains. At last…the sight of the promise land. Those of you who visit this grave carry a torch of love and
The 19th of the California missions, Santa Ines Virgen y Martir was founded September 17, 1804, and named for Saint Agnes of Assisi, a 13-year-old Roman girl who was martyred in A.D. 304. It is one of few inland missions, built on a
The gold discovery in January 1848 at Coloma, California, rapidly transformed a pastoral landscape with 15,000 people into a societal melting pot of burgeoning towns as prospectors came from all over the world to seek their fortunes.
People in the 19th Century called their mainstay mid-day meal “dinner,” and their lighter evening meal “supper.” While it was not unusual for any given repast to take hours of preparation time at home, the denizens of westering wagon
Reporting on his world-traveling odyssey as if he were a person, the April 20, 1893 San Francisco Call devoted an entire column to the arrival there of Owney, a scruffy terrier mix already known as the mascot of every postal worker in America.