Badman Billy Mulligan

Portsmouth Plaza SF 1850New Yorker Billy Mulligan and his gang of young toughs came for the California Gold Rush, arriving in San Francisco by ship in late 1849. Aged 21, Billy was already a hard-drinking, thrill-seeking gambler, an armed thug, a convicted burglar, and a paid Continue reading Badman Billy Mulligan

Pioneer Women: Mary Ellen Pleasant

Not content to simply speak out for civil rights, Mary Ellen Pleasant personally advanced the cause in California, following the Civil War.  “I am a whole theater to myself,” she reportedly said in her later years, boasting of her many successes. When a San Francisco bus driver Continue reading Pioneer Women: Mary Ellen Pleasant