Category Archives: California history

Road rage is not a new phenomena

“a general row ensued, lasting some time, the combatants using whips, stones, etc. in the fight…” Continue reading

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It has happened before…

It has happened before: “At the peremptory request and desire of a large majority of the citizens of these United States, I, Joshua Norton… declare and proclaim myself Emperor of these United States…” Continue reading

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The perils of predicting the future…

“… it appears to me that he just as well link heaven and hell in the same speech, as Louisiana and California. I have never seen a man yet, among all the vast crowd that are here, who thinks of remaining longer than he can make a raise; and all that some ask is enough to go home on.” Continue reading

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“I tell you folks that’s a lie!”

19th Century humor: “If there is one thing a Nevada miner reveres above another, it is to hear the truth spoken at all times. A few days ago a new preacher from the East was holding forth…” Continue reading

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Bonanza Queen, by Zola Ross

Two stars out of five on Goodreads. It wasn’t as bad as I expected.

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1868 baseball advice (that is not a typo)

It was “the national game” back then, too. 12 pieces of baseball advice handed down by The Weekly Alta California in 1868. Continue reading

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