August in the Valley

August in California’s Sacramento Valley, a place larger than some Eastern states: hot days, cooler nights, ripe corn and watermelon.  Gold-rushers and other intrepid pioneers settled here some 150 years back to create farms and industry, and raise their families. August, 1909: “The Sacramento Valley is as rich as the valley of the Nile,” boasted the Sacramento Union.

Rancho del Paso 1862 – 1910


Attorneys and land speculators Lloyd Tevis and James Ben Ali Haggin took title to the Rancho del Paso in May 1862, after obtaining judgments for nonpayment of legal fees against their client Samuel Norris, who had been plagued with expensive Continue reading Rancho del Paso 1862 – 1910

The Rancho del Paso, 1843 -1862

ca ranchIn our time in the greater Sacramento region, tributes to the once far-flung Rancho del Paso still reverberate in the names of streets, housing developments and neighborhoods. Two hundred years ago, before John Sutter arrived to build an agricultural Continue reading The Rancho del Paso, 1843 -1862

California’s Great Flood

FloodsFrom December 1861 through January 1862, a series of monster storms dumped unprecedented amounts of rain across the length and breadth of California. Bridges were washed away in Trinity and Shasta Counties.  Miners’ cabins, sluice-boxes, Continue reading California’s Great Flood