Fort Humboldt State Historic Park is the site of the fort that was occupied from 1853 to 1870. The fort was built overlooking
Next stop in this little "Grant Pilgrimage" I've got going on will be
|CA Historical Marker #344, about|
nine miles from Coalinga.
"14 miles [with a direction arrow] Arroyo De Cantua, Headquarters of notorious bandit Joaquin Murrieta. Killed here July 25, 1853 by posse of state rangers, led by Captain Harry Love. Terrorized mining camps and stage operations during his career. Historical Landmark No. 344. Department of Public Works - Division of Highways."Joaquin Murrieta. Well, you know who he is. Murrieta is arguably the most famous of California outlaws. He terrorized the state during the Gold Rush with lots of mythology growing over the years. For some Californios he was a Robin Hood character, avenging the Hispanic community for the wrongs brought by the invasion of Anglo-Americans. It is said that the story of Joaquin Murrieta was the inspiration for the fictional character of Zorro. To the state of California he was a ruthless bandit. The new state government raised a party of "California Rangers" to hunt Murrieta down. They caught up to him and some of his associates, including "Three Fingered Jack" at Arroyo De Cantua, or Cantua Creek. (Check the location link at the bottom of this post for a Google map link.) This spot is on the far west side of the Central Valley, the closest city being Coalinga, a community of about eighteen thousand which was not founded until almost three decades after the incident.
|Looking southwest from the Aqueduct at Cantua Creek.|
|Salem is the state capital|
|Great places to walk and bike along|
the Willamette River.
|It is 308 steps down to the|
lighthouse, and 308 back up!
|Waysides at the visitor center tell the|
story of Drake's stay in California.
|The cliffs along this bay supposedly|
reminded the English sailors of home.
|The only visitors to the beach on the day |
we visited were some elephant seals.
I've wanted to see Fort Ross State Historic Park for a long
time. The village is not represented, but the recreated
stockade and interior buildings are awesome to explore.
The weather was perfect on this winter break. Check the
forecast before you go.
|I have never seen so many hand tools!|
Did I mention the weather was perfect? The coast the best
part of the trip.
|The site of Marshall's discovery of gold is on the South Fork|
of the American River, in Coloma, California.
|Replica of Sutter's Mill at Marshall Gold|
Discovery State Historic Park.
|This is believed to be the actual tailrace dug in 1847.|
|A large stone marker approximates the spot where Marshall|
made his find that started the Gold Rush.
|There is a small, modern, museum at the park as well. Nice|
little museum bookstore and gift shop too.
|Old Town Sacramento is part of the California|
State Parks system.
|The store fronts are stocked and interpreters are present in|
|A lot of restored old stuff in Old Town.|
|Here comes the cavalry.|
|Our cabin on the Delta King.|