From December 1861 through January 1862, a series of monster storms dumped unprecedented amounts of rain across the length and breadth of California. Bridges were washed away in Trinity and Shasta Counties. Miners’ cabins, sluice-boxes,
As one of the first important and respected historians to gather and publish material about California, it is ironic that Hubert Bancroft never went to college. After attending local schools in Ohio and receiving
One of the most able of the Spanish commanders, Admiral Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo was dispatched north from Mexico in 1543, with instructions to find the entrance to the hoped-for Northwest Passage to China.
California is the third largest of the fifty states; only Alaska and Texas are larger. Its boundaries contain 158,693 square miles and its odd shape permits its northern port city of Eureka to be the most westward city in the continental United States,
The priest who is credited with creating California’s missions was born Miguel Jose Serra, on the island of Majorca off the coast of Spain. Entering the Franciscan Order at sixteen when he took the baptismal name of Junipero, he was soon