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#California's National Parks Were First Protected by Buffalo Soldiers
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California's National Parks Were First Protected by Buffalo Soldiers

#California's National Parks Were First Protected by Buffalo Soldiers

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Online Exhibit - Personal Memories Recorded - San Francisco Earthquake and Fire - The Bancroft Library

Online Exhibit, San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

The Life and Times of Pío Pico, Last Governor of Mexican California #LosAngelesHistory #PioPico #Pico

The Life and Times of Pío Pico, Last Governor of Mexican California

The Life and Times of Pío Pico, Last Governor of Mexican California #LosAngelesHistory #PioPico #Pico

1890s--1900s+The most successful oilman of the time, though, wasn’t really of oil and wasn’t a man; Emma Summers, a music teacher, was an investor, and by 1900 she controlled half the production in the original Los Angeles Field. She became known as “California’s Petroleum Queen.” 1900, four million barrels were produced. By 1910 the figure had grown to 77 million barrels. Then, inexplicably, production slowed, until three major fields were discovered in rapid succession -- Huntington Beach…
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1890s--1900s+The most successful oilman of the time, though, wasn’t really of oil and wasn’t a man; Emma Summers, a music teacher, was an investor, and by 1900 she controlled half the production in the original Los Angeles Field. She became known as “California’s Petroleum Queen.” 1900, four million barrels were produced. By 1910 the figure had grown to 77 million barrels. Then, inexplicably, production slowed, until three major fields were discovered in rapid succession -- Huntington Beach…

Venice Pier closed April 20, 1946 after Kinney Company's tidelands lease renewal was refused
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1898 First and Second Street, Los Angeles
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News, photos and discussions on skyscrapers, skylines, cities, architecture and urbanity

On December 12, 1925, the "Motel Inn," the first motel in the world, opens in San Luis Obispo, CA. It stood at a mid-point location between Los Angeles and San Francisco, which took two days of driving on the roads at the time.
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1920s - Motel Inn (First Motel In the World), San Luis Obispo, CA, US

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Tongva near San Gabriel, California - Circa 1905
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Tongva near San Gabriel, California - Circa 1905

Brayton's Theatre in Long Beach, California, after the damage inflicted by the 1933 earthquake. Photo courtesy the Historical Society of Long Beach.
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Brayton's Theatre in Long Beach, California, after the damage inflicted by the 1933 earthquake. Photo courtesy the Historical Society of Long Beach.

Cliff House, San Francisco - 1907
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Worker loading oranges into crates to be brought to the Canoga Citrus Association packing house for processing, circa 1935-1945. Canoga-Owensmouth Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.
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Harvesting oranges, circa 1935-1945 :: San Fernando Valley History

Worker loading oranges into crates to be brought to the Canoga Citrus Association packing house for processing, circa 1935-1945. Canoga-Owensmouth Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

Toyo Miyatake was a well-known photographer in the Little Toyko section of Los Angeles.  While interned at the Manzanar relocation center, he became the camp's official photographer.

Toyo Miyatake was a well-known photographer in the Little Toyko section of Los Angeles. While interned at the Manzanar relocation center, he became the camp's official photographer.

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"She can handle the wheel like an old salt..." That’s how an article in the July 30, 1897 San Francisco Call described Mrs. Eliza Thorrold, one of the first licensed female tugboat masters on the San Francisco Bay.
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“She can handle the wheel like an old salt...”

That’s how an article in the July 30, 1897 San Francisco Call described Mrs. Eliza Thorrold, one of the first licensed female tugboat masters on the San Francisco Bay. Eliza’s husband died in 1893,...

Vada Somerville - the first African-American woman to be certified to practice dentistry in California.

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This week’s haiku is by Jane Reichhold and is included in her book titled: Oracle.