Tag Archives: California history

Benicia, CA, a great side-trip on the trail of John Muir!

          In my last blog (and article in the Record newspaper this week), we shared the idea of exploring the footsteps of John Muir, storied conservationist, founder of the Sierra Club and (some would say), father of our national parks, by touring both his grand home on the edge of Martinez, […]

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California Auto Museum and nearby Old Sacramento offer exciting day or weekend-trip

The tail fin of a 1959 Cadillac celebrates perhaps the “zenith year” in tail fin popularity among American classic cars! This huge 1933 Lincoln Limo once was the car of A. P. Giannini, head of the Bank of Italy, which would become the Bank of America.   1965 and 1966 Ford Cobras take center stage! […]

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Downtown Stockton; history comes to life on classy downtown walking tour!

  Tour of Hotel Stockton Lobby is part of the route, with insight offered by Manuel Laguna, tour guide from the Downtown Stockton Alliance. Kelly Howard of Friends of the Fox gives tour group an in-depth tour of the historic Fox California/Bob Hope Theatre. Cort Tower was originally the Bank of Italy, then Bank of […]

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San Francisco’s Hyde Street Pier, once part of US Hwy. 101, offers living history amid historic ships!

  Only the Captain and his family had luxury quarters on the 1886 Balclutha; the balance of the 29 person crew lived a much more Spartan lifestyle! Across the pier from the ferry Eureka is the old Eppleton Hall, built a hundred years ago in England, a side-wheel steel tug that once plied the Bay.   […]

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Apple Hill; apple pie, family fun, crisp days and history galore!

  Crafter’s Barn at High Hill Ranch is popular with holiday shoppers! Lone angler awaits trout bite at High Hills Ranch trout pond, looking out upon the High Sierra in distance. Lifesize stagecoach and horse art await visitors to Apple Hill this fall (photo courtesy Sally Kulik) Sutter’s Mill replica, site of first CA gold […]

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Sonora, Gold Rush cross-roads; Columbia and Tuolumne City are near!

  Wells Fargo stagecoach rumbles into Columbia, offering rides to visitors to Columbia State Historic Park. On Wednesday, we shared a feature on Sonora, its Gold Rush and lumbering history (http://blogs.esanjoaquin.com/valleytravel/2014/10/08/sonora-visitor-friendly-cross-roads-of-gold-rush-and-lumbering-history/) and mentioned nearby attractions.  Here is a bit more insight on two, both within about six miles of Sonora: Columbia (just four miles north), took root […]

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Sacramento River Delta: Walnut Grove to Rio Vista traces steamboat history!

  Grand Island Mansion, four floors and 58 rooms of grandeur, was built in 1917 and was a favorite destination of rich San Franciscans via steamboat. Rio Vista Bridge over the Sacramento River, longer than most Delta bridges, is a “lift-span bridge” and was deemed a Most Beautiful Movable Steel Bridge by the national Steel […]

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Old Sacramento: Built by the Gold Rush…where what’s old is new again!

Joe’s Crab Shack and the Rio City Cafe on the Sacramento riverfront (with historic Tower Bridge in distance) are favorite restaurants in Old Sacramento! Southern Pacific Locomotive 6051 takes visitors on tours along the Sacramento River in open-air rail cars; kids love these trips! View of 2nd Street in Old Sac indicates how bicycle-friendly these old streets […]

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