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

California’s Geographic Extremes

California is the third largest of the fifty states; only Alaska and Texas are larger.  Its  boundaries contain 158,693 square miles and its odd shape permits its northern port city of Eureka to be the most westward city in the continental United States, Continue reading California’s Geographic Extremes

Father Junipero Serra (1713-1874)

The priest who is credited with creating California’s missions was born Miguel Jose Serra, on the island of Majorca off the coast of Spain.  Entering the Franciscan Order at sixteen when he took the baptismal name of Junipero, he was soon Continue reading Father Junipero Serra (1713-1874)