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Congratulations on your first question, justCal! The cropped version of the Mission Dolores photograph was published in George Robinson Fardon's famous 1856 album. I have the cheap Dover edition. As you found, a larger version also appears in the works of Carleton Watkins. Both men have been credited with this image, but both reprinted the work of another, ...


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The Catacombs of Paris contain the remains of more than 6 million people, and much like the San Francisco situation the catacombs were established to alleviate overflowing cemeteries throughout Paris. These catacombs were built using defunct mines and quarries spread out underneath Paris, and millions of remains were moved there from cemeteries across the ...


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Normally it is difficult to provide evidence that something doesn't exist. I can offer this article on another website, Society of Private and Pioneer Numismatics, concerning early coins used in California (emphasis mine): There is some evidence that tokens were used in exchange for labor and goods. On September 3rd, 1846, a visitor to Sutter’s fort, ...


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I can only find figures excluding Indians. According to Weber's The Mexican Frontier, California had 7,300 in 1845, and New Mexico had 65,000 in 1846. Texas in 1846, according to the Texas State Historical Association, had 125,000 people.


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A lawman's memoir describes the U.S. erecting in 1959 chainlink fences at canal crossings in Mexicali to prevent rabid dogs entering. There were plenty of cases of rabies in Texas at the time. Rabies is a real threat, though fears of its entering the country may have been overblown or even racialized. California may have asked for a fence, but it appears ...


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According to Cooper by Woolfenden & Elkinton, pp. 24-31: California's new governor, Luis Argüello, purchased Juan Bautista Rogers Cooper's ship Rover in December 1823. The vessel was loaded with seal pelts and sent to Canton, first making stops in Honolulu, Fanning Island, and Manila. It reached Canton in June 1824, returning to Bodega Bay by October 23,...


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Singapore: over 250,000 individual graves exhumed, and more will follow. Reasonably accurate estimates of the number of individual graves exhumed can be established for Singapore where more than 20 cemeteries have been cleared. By 1985, 21 cemeteries had been cleared, and an approximate 120,000 graves had been exhumed by the Housing Development Board. ...


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According to the book Bandido: The Life and Times of Tiburcio Vasquez By John Boessenecker (2012, p. 4), Anza started recruiting in Culiacán on March 28, 1775. I have the impression that he was only there for a few days at most. This page from the US National Park Service also mentions that Anza was at Culiacán in March, but then says: He continued ...


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In 1955 the State Assembly passed AB3806, creating the Hunters Point Reclamation District. According to G.R. Dow's thesis "Bay Fill in San Francisco", the City government was bullish on locating a new wholesale produce terminal at South Basin and the Board of Supervisors passed some measures for this project (Dow cites 1955/1573, 1957/1999, and 1963/1273). ...


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According to Zephyrin Engelhardt, Lasuén wrote that "the faculty to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation" was granted to some of the padres for ten years and then renewed for ten more (but that more than half of the elapsed time was wasted waiting for documents). Lasuén concurs with Payeras that the faculty lapsed in 1795, so it may have started in 1775. ...


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From: The Journal of San Diego History San Diego History Center Quarterly Summer Fall 2016, Volume 62, Number 3 & 4 David Lion Gardiner: A Yankee in Gold Rush California, 1849-1851: Other new settlers had considerably more savvy. Gardiner spent a good deal of time in the company of Davis, Heintzelman, and John E. Summers, all of whom were “...


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(Updated below with new information concerning the monument creator John Daniel.) I'm afraid that the best I have been able to do so far is narrow down the timeline for this, and provide a little more information concerning this monument. Lets look at what we can determine. We do have confirmation of the burial, From the book San Francisco or Mission ...


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Looking at events called "ball" as described by the locals, roughly at the time: While Mr. Leese was erecting his mansion, which seems to have been rather a grand structure, being made of frame, sixty feet long and twenty-five feet broad, Captain Kichardson was kindly proceeding across the bay to Sonoma, where he invited all the principal folks of the ...


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According to LeCount & Strong's San Francisco City Directory for the Year 1854, the U.S. Land Commission met in John Parrott's "Iron Building" at 148 California Street. According to Igler's Industrial Cowboys (2001): ... the four floors of his Iron Building conveniently housed the clerks, archives, and officers of the U.S. Board of Land Claims ...


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Fernández was suggested to Iturbide by Pedro Celestino Negrete. According to Irving Richman's California under Spain and Mexico, when Iturbide wanted to send soldiers to California, General Negrete suggested that he send a commissioner instead. Iturbide himself had little to no experience with diplomacy, and as the head of a creole-led revolution, he could ...


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