California’s eighth governor was born Amasa Leland Stanford on March 9, 1824, in Watervliet, New York, and was raised on his family’s two prosperous farms in the area. Stanford attended college in Clinton, New York, and studied Continue reading Pioneer Governors: Leland Stanford
German immigrant Peter Cadel arrived at Sutter’s Fort from San Rafael on July 14, 1847. Exactly where he first settled in the Sacramento Valley is unknown, but he was engaged in crop growing for which he hired John Continue reading Pioneer Brewmaster Peter Cadel
Mary Walker was forty years old when she, her husband Joel P. Walker, her unmarried sister Martha Young, and the couple’s four surviving children ranging in age from two to fourteen years migrated to Oregon in Continue reading Pioneer Women: Mary Walker
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?
Although he never settled in California, renowned mountain man-fur trapper Jedediah Strong Smith explored many regions of the state in the 1820s, opening new paths in the interior plus other trails leading north to Continue reading A Bible-toting Mountain Man