Home Brew Contest

Pioneer Brewer Peter CadelMore than 750,000 visitors are expected to attend the 2018 State Fair, and they’re going to be thirsty!  If beer is the answer, there’s going to be plenty of it. Co-sponsored by the Sacramento Area Brewers Guild, this year amateur brewers are competing in 40 categories, including ales, lagers, wild beer, smoked beer, fruit Continue reading Home Brew Contest

State Fair Beginnings

The California State Fair has its origins in the dream of one man to encourage and develop the state’s agricultural potential. His name was James Lloyd La Fayette Franklin Warren, a horticulturist and merchant from Massachusetts who came to California in 1849 as a gold rusher. After operating a store at Continue reading State Fair Beginnings

Last Driver on the Line

Edward B. Daingerfield arrived in California in August 1850, where he clerked at the Placerville post office and carried mail on horseback to and from Coloma. Four years later he hired on as a stage driver for Barton and Ellison, on the run to Mokelumne Hill by way of Drytown and Jackson. After a brief spell in the Continue reading Last Driver on the Line

Stage Road Robbery

It is still called Bullion Bend, that stretch of curving old stage road from Placerville to Carson Valley that was bypassed during construction of modern Highway 50. There, in 1864, two Pioneer Line stagecoaches were held up by Confederate sympathizers who said that they needed Comstock Lode silver bullion to finance the Continue reading Stage Road Robbery

Stage Proprietors Hall & Crandall

When the Gold Rush lured thousands of fortune hunters to California, New England stagemen followed to establish the first overland transportation in the West. Among these seasoned entrepreneurs were brothers Warren and William Hall and their partner, Jared Crandall. In the early spring of 1850 Hall & Crandall purchased the San Jose-to-San Francisco stage lines of Continue reading Stage Proprietors Hall & Crandall