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Fort Ross

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE learning about military history. Fort Ross was a fort, but it was not used for many military purposes. 169 more words

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Kanakas in California

When John Sutter came to California it could hardly have been by a more roundabout route. Born in Switzerland, he migrated to America in 1834, leaving behind his considerable debts (thousands of francs) and his considerable family (wife and five children). 441 more words

Gold Fever

On this day in 1847, James Wilson Marshall discovered the gold which would spark the California Gold Rush. This is not a story of fame, fortune and happily ever after. 966 more words


January 24, 1848: All That Glitters

James Marshall was a carpenter hired to oversee construction of a sawmill for John Sutter in Coloma, California. His agreement with Sutter provided that he would receive a portion of the lumber for his services. 460 more words

Wretched Richard's Almanac

Diversity at New Helvetia

The colony that John Sutter gathered around him in California was nothing if not diverse. When John Bidwell made his way to John Sutter’s settlement in November 1841, he found Sutter living amongst a motley crew gathered from the far corners of the world. 304 more words

John Sutter

DC’s Oldest House, and the Gossip That Saved Her

While the city around us grows taller and denser, there are still lots of residences that have gone mostly unchanged for a very, very, very long time. 656 more words