Random history: What’s that distant building?

History buff Larry Valterza sends an 1872 photo of Stockton.


OK, a lumber yard. “Here is a picture taken at Center and Sonora Streets from the James Littlehale tower pointing South-East,” Valterza writes. “James Littlehale was a rich banker type.”

And he built a grand mansion with a tower, which the photographer Benjamin Pierce Batchelder climbed to get the shot. I don’t why, but my interest was attracted by the large, two-story building standing away out in the distance about one-quarter in from the photo’s left margin.

Valterza didn’t know what it was.

Tod Ruhstaller did. The CEO of The Haggin Museum identified the building as St. Agnes’s Academy. St. Agnes was a parochial school run by the Dominicans. It stood on El Dorado St. near Taylor.

Here’s another image of it.

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