Stolen Water, Stolen Dreams

I have a love-hate relationship with the eastern slope of California's Sierra Nevada. I love the country, the sheer majesty of the land; but I hate what people have done here. Following US Highway 395 along the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada ia a magical trip with amazing vistas to see, natural mysteries to …

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The First Thompson Seedless Grapes

Recently I was up by the Sutter Buttes, on the Colusa highway, or state route 20, when I noticed one of those historical markers placed by the Clampers.  I always check those markers; you learn amazing things.  For instance, I once learned that the bandit Joaquin Murrieta did not die at the intersection of highway …

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The tragedy at Mussel Slough

  If you’ve wondered why the locus of the protest against high speed rail in California is Kings County, the answer is, there’s history there, a history that makes the local folks distrustful of anything associated with a railroad. It goes all the way back to the 1880’s and a place called Mussel Slough. With the transcontinental railroad, …

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