Monthly Archives: February 2007

Old bones: a link to California’s past

Near the Fremont BART train station there is a place scientists call CA-ALA-343. When the body of a Meganos “indian’’ was buried there around 1200 BCE (before common era), Moses was leading the Jews out of Egypt and the Olmecs … Continue reading

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The Secret Sidewalk of Niles Canyon

I just can’t keep a secret. For years I have heard whisperings of this mysterious Niles Canyon walkway near San Jose. In lore and mythology it ranks right up there with the Information Superhighway, Silk Road, the Yellow Brick Road, … Continue reading

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Russell City: where the beat went on…and on

No one knows just how many lost cities there are on the shores of San Francisco Bay. Countless Ohlone settlements are gone. Drawbridge is a ghost town and hardly anyone can tell you where Brooklyn and San Antonio were. And … Continue reading

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They have always come

Social scientists tell us we are in the midst of the second Hispanicization of California. Whoa. Whatever happened to the first? The second is a dramatic increase in the number of Latinos brought on by immigration and a healthy birthrate. … Continue reading

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Angels of Mission San Jose

Have I told you the story of the special, new angel at Mission San Jose? Heavens, you must be the only one. Quick, can you name three Angels? They are, for the most part, mysterious spirits unaccustomed to identifying themselves. … Continue reading

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Ghost town in San Francisco Bay

Some years ago, the California State Legislature was considering a proposal to name an official California ghost town. I had a candidate in mind. But I should have known it didn’t have a ghost of a chance. But I gave … Continue reading

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