California History

A quarterly historical journal that publishes scholarly articles dedicated to the study and promotion of all aspects of California and Western history, from pre-Columbian to modern times.

Articles from Vol. 82, No. 2, Spring

Adventures in Nature: The Merry Tramps of Oakland
DURING THE 1880s, OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, WAS POISED TO BECOME A HUB FOR MANUFACTURING AND TRANSPORTATION ON THE WEST COAST. The young city, founded in 1852, could boast of having six banks, three carriage manufacturers, a handful of successful iron foundries...
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A Village Romance: San Juan Capistrano Offers a Window to California's Storied Past
Throughout California, only a handful of monuments or markers link us to our earliest settlements. The town of San Juan Capistrano is an exception, however. For it is not one building, not even the bougainvillea covered chapel and ruins of the beautiful...
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California's Recall: Adoption of the "Grand Bounce" for Elected Officials
From the completion of the intercontinental railroad system in 1869 until 1910, political life in California was dominated by the railroad industry, and its biggest conglomerate, the Southern Pacific Railroad (popularly known as the "Espee" or "SP"),...
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The Checklist provides notice of publications that portray the diverse and exceptional nature of California. Readers and publishers who wish to call attention to recent works, including reprints, are requested to send the following bibliographical...
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From the Editor
Times change; you might say that it is in the very nature of this world of ours to be a scene of changes. And so it is with California History. We are pleased to introduce not only a new look, designed by Melanie Doherty and Associates, but several...
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Golden Gate Castaway: Joseph Heco and San Francisco, 1851-1859
Late in October 1850, the Japanese junk Eirikimaru, after delivering its cargo to Edo (Tokyo), departed for its return trip to Hiogo (now part of Kobe). On the evening of the fourth day, rain began to fall, engulfing the ship in a gale. There was a...
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The California Historical Society is deeply grateful to the following individual donors for their contributions received between July 1, 2003, and March 31, 2004: $10,000 TO $24,999 Mr. Jay D. McEvoy, San Francisco $5,000 TO $9,999 Mr. &...
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The Emperor's Cane
The eccentric and much-loved Emperor Norton lives on as his story is recounted frequently and with affection as an example of San Francisco's tolerance. Joshua A. Norton, born in London (in 1811, 1818, or 1879, depending on the source), arrived in...
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