CA Places: The Golden Gate

Explorer John Charles Fremont, later a Civil War general, gave the Golden Gate its name in 1846. He was comparing San Francisco Bay to the harbor at Constantinople known as the Golden Horn. The entrance to San Francisco Bay had been found in a 1769 Spanish land expedition led by Jose de Ortega, who didn’t Continue reading CA Places: The Golden Gate

Mendocino County Then & Now

Mendocino Cnty - Pt. Arena LighthouseOrganized in 1850 as one of the original 27 counties, Mendocino’s borders included most of present-day Lake County; some of its land was ceded to Sonoma County between 1850 and 1860.  Located north of San Francisco Bay, the county is noted for its distinctive Pacific Ocean coastline, redwood forests, wines and Continue reading Mendocino County Then & Now

Alameda County, then & now

Alameda Cnty waterfrontBordered on its western edge by the shores and sloughs of San Francisco Bay, Alameda County was created in 1853 from a large portion of Contra Costa and a smaller portion Santa Clara counties.  In Spanish, alameda means “a place where poplar trees grow.” Americans and Europeans began settling in the area in the Continue reading Alameda County, then & now