Category Archives: California History

Driving Through History: Daniel Showalter

I sometimes drive passed a road called “Showalter” on my way to a local library. Every time I see the street sign, my thoughts turn momentarily to an incident that happened in California in the months leading to and during … Continue reading

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Driving Through History: John Warner

Unlike Pio Pico and Mariano Vallejo, John Warner wasn’t born in California, but his life choices made him an important figure in Southern California history, from the days of the trappers to stagecoaches to the Civil War and beyond. Today … Continue reading

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Driving Through History: Mariano Vallejo

Vallejo Street. It’s named after another Californian who lived at the crossroads of California’s history with Mexico and the United States; someone who helped pave the way for better relations better the Californios and the Yankees. Today, we’ve prepared a … Continue reading

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Driving Through History: Pio Pico

If you drive through California and start looking around, you’ll find streets and local places named Pio Pico. Who was Pio Pico and why is he significant in California History? Today, we’ve prepared a short biography and three things to … Continue reading

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American Lighthouses: West Coast

Lighthouses might not be the first thing you think of when talking about California, Oregon, Washington, or Alaska, but the west coast of the U.S.A. has some beautiful, historic lighthouses. The story of their construction and service is linked to … Continue reading

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5 Things You Should Know About California’s 19th Century Maritime History

California is my home state. (Ironic, that I study the history of Virginia for Civil War studies, eh?) California played a significant role in 19th Century American Maritime History. Part of California’s role had to do with its location. West … Continue reading

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