Aboard A Luxury Ship

The Queen Mary II, the largest and most luxurious ship to ever sail, recently left Britain for Ft. Lauderdale.  That voyage had ironically increased the passenger list on her predecessor that hasn’t left the dock in over thirty years…

Naturalist John Muir

Over a century ago, President Roosevelt was so interested in preserving natural wonders, he traveled all the way to California to take a camping trip with this well known naturalist.  The result of that outing would be the protection of some of this nation’s most loved landmarks…

Nature Closer to Home

When this man’s trip to the Amazon fell through, he instead began to travel this country to see all that nature held closer to home.  It was his vision of protecting a portion of that beauty that led him to become the father of the national park system…

Safely Seeing A White Shark

It’s one of the few places where you can see a white shark…safely.  Although these sharks make but a rare appearance here…it has put this place on cannery row on the map as a premier viewing spot in the world…

The Oasis in the Desert

Before Palm Springs was a resort town–before Palm Springs was really even a town, for that matter; movie stars began building their second homes here. So why did the rich and famous settle in the middle of a desert?

Napa Valley Resorts

This place quickly became a playground for the well-to-do to escape the city during the summer.  In fact, the tales of the place perhaps began to stretch the truth, but there’s no doubting it was, and remains, a premiere place for people to get away…

Napa Valley Agriculture

California’s Napa Valley has long been associated with wine.  However, wine is newcomer when compared to all this area grows…

Napa and the Gold Rush

If you tell someone you’re headed to Napa, they probably expect you to be sampling some wine and perhaps staying at a resort.  In 1850 if you told someone you were headed to Napa, chance are you had a much different trip in mind…

Nathan Combs

You’ve probably never heard of a man named Nathan Combs.  However, you have heard of the place he helped create.  The young pioneer landed in California, and through hard work and some vision, he established a town that draws many yet today

The Final Duel

Dueling was a way to solve serious disputes early in our nation’s history.  However it’s this duel in 1859 that’s said to have ended the practice and changed American history in its wake…

The Ship that Became a Building

Many 19th century immigrants came to the U.S. on ships.  When these enterprising men arrived, they found a unique use for their boat…

The Western End of the Pony Express

The eastern end of the Pony Express was in St. Joseph, Missouri.  You can still go and see the stables yet today.  So where was the other end of the route?

Lifting Sacramento

If your home or business flooded, you might seek higher ground.  Here, the people didn’t go somewhere else, they just began raising all of their buildings…

The Field that Became Bakersfield

It was just an ordinary field until the winter of 1862.  That’s when floodwaters pushed onto the land and a town sprang up that would become one this state’s largest cities…

June McCarroll

Today you could get a ticket if you don’t drive on your side of the road.  But in 1917, Dr. June McCarroll could not get drivers to understand what seems so obvious today…

The Name Behind the Tsukamoto School

The Tsukamoto school in Sacramento is a place of triumph.  Some may not know the story behind the name, but when you dig deeper, you find a farm family who worked to make the best of a bad situation…

A Smaller Than Normal Home

When Marielle arrived in Arkansas, she found her new home must have been constructed for a group of second graders.  It was a humorous incident wrapped inside a regrettable chapter in American history…

Bob Fletcher, Hero

Bob Fletcher is a hero to many around Sacramento.  When others were wronged, he stepped in to make things right – giving of his time and money to help save their farms and preserve family’s homes…

Selling a Car for $5

Why would anyone sell a perfectly good car for just five dollars?  It was the sad truth that was happening in many areas around Sacramento…

Executive Order 9066

Farming in California’s central valley can have it’s challenges, however it can also provide the right soil and climate for bountiful crops.  However, this family faced a new obstacle directed at a specific group of people…