• History

    Hot as an oven, …a California ghost town

    by  • September 2, 2011 • Field Trip, History, Sierra Foothills, Something different, Summer • 7 Comments

    St Catherine's Church cemetery, little ovens

    Field Trip: Hornitos On a recent photo trek through the area between the Sierra foothills and the Central Valley of California, the little tiny town of Hornitos was found, baking in the 105 degree heat. My brother Ken accompanied me. Quiet and deserted now, the one-street town once had 15,000 people living there, Mexicans...

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    Lester Rowntree, a hardy Californian

    by  • May 1, 2011 • Garden, History, Sierra Foothills, Wildlife • 3 Comments

    After her car could go no higher, Lester Rowntree would be accompanied by burro or mule.

    Why do they do it? Not for fortune or fame–few outside native plant circles know who they are.  People like Lester Rowntree, a plant explorer extraordinaire, who traveled the length and breadth of California to find and record the locations and characteristics of California native plants simply lived for this ‘doing.’ When’s the last time you...

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    Franklane L. Sewell, artist to the chicken stars!

    by  • April 4, 2011 • History • 41 Comments

    Today, since the backyard hen house is the new dog house, I have a short biography to share for any of my chicken loving friends. Documenting chicken breeds and,….family history! Franklane Sewell (1866 -1945) lived in Buchanan, Michigan for many years in a house on Walton Road, a house with a north facing skylight. There was...

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    How Peckinpah Mountain got its name

    by  • March 15, 2011 • History, Sierra Foothills • 11 Comments

    After establishing our home on  Malum Ridge, looking out onto Peckinpah Mountain, I heard from neighbors about the  logging history in our town of North Fork, CA.  I became curious about the Peckinpah name and being a bit of a history buff, I decided to dig a bit further. This is what I found. Peckinpah Mountain rises...

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    Native plants from Lewis and Clark, found in the Sierra Foothills

    by  • December 28, 2010 • History, Plant Profiles • 4 Comments

    Blue Flax, Linum lewisii

    Lewis & Clark discoveries we can plant… In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson requested $2500 from Congress to send Meriwether Lewis and William Clark off on the Corps of Discovery expedition.  See how their discoveries influenced the garden world of today in our foothills! Lasting from 1804 to 1806, this was the first exploration of the...

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