The migration of nearly two million Irish during 1845-1849 first brought the custom of Halloween to America. Irishmen by the thousands came to California for the Gold Rush from 1849 forward, although the traditions of adult legend-telling and children’s games on All Hallows Eve probably took a back seat to other considerations in those years. Almanacs of the period make no mention of Halloween in their lists of holidays until later in the 19th century. Have a safe & happy Halloween.
Jared Sheldon, a carpenter by trade, officially received a Mexican land grant of 22,130 acres along the Cosumnes River in 1844, and divided the grant with his friend and partner William Daylor. The men married sisters Sarah and Catherine Rhoads in 1847, and settled down as husbands, farmers and ranchers. Unfortunately, Continue reading Sloughhouse Cemetery
Established in 1851, Amador City Cemetery on Church Street is a historian’s treasure trove of 19th century inscriptions that tell their own stories of immigrants to the Golden State who—presumably with very high hopes—had traveled a very long distance to make a better life for themselves and their families. Maryland native Continue reading Amador Cemetery
It was a legend in its own time. The very idea of a solitary rider transporting mail 2,000 miles astride a swift, strong horse set 19th century hearts a-flutter—and the faint, echoing sounds of the Pony’s hooves still excite the imagination today. The Pony Express began in April 1860 and ended in October 1861. It was in operation less than 19 months, yet it remains one of the West’s most impressive, romantic dramas.
Before bicycles and automobiles, city folk got about on foot or horseback, and in a variety of four-wheeled conveyances. A solitary horse could manage a light-weight buggy, but heavier wagons were generally powered by teams of mules or oxen. A “spike team” was a familiar term for an unusual turn-out of three oxen (two at the wheel and one in the lead) that always attracted much attention when it passed by on city streets.