The man who effectively started the 1848 gold stampede had sailed into San Francisco Bay two years earlier as a Mormon Elder, leading 238 Saints to a prospective new home free from religious discrimination. This plan eroded Continue reading Sparking the Rush
Johnson’s Ranch is mentioned in many pioneer diaries. Situated in present-day Wheatland, the ranch was the first outpost of civilization the overland immigrants encountered after they descended the Sierra Nevada Continue reading Johnson’s Bear River Rancho
This story appeared in the San Francisco Call April 9, 1909—but is it truth, or just a charming tale woven from local gossip and folk stories long after the events? Strawberry Station stage stop on the Placerville Road (pictured) was established in 1857 but Continue reading Berry’s Grass Names Strawberry Valley?
A Swiss adventurer named John August Sutter arrived in the Northern California wilderness in mid-August 1839, soon afterward constructing a walled trading post and year-round residence for himself that came Continue reading The Big Kitchen at Sutter’s Fort: Imported Foods, 1840s
California’s third governor was a Pennsylvania native and self-educated lawyer who came west in 1849 with thousands of others during the Gold Rush and settled in Sacramento, where his kindness and selfless aid to sufferers during the 1850 cholera epidemic was Continue reading California Governors: John Bigler, 1852 – 1856