Category Archives: Coastside History

Early South Coast Conservationist: Theodore Hoover (4)

At some point it became clear to many that Herbert Hoover was destined for greatness. He fulfilled that expectation by becoming a post-World War I international hero and later the 31st president of the United States. By contrast, brother Theodore’s … Continue reading

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The Earthen Corral

(Photo: Home that belonged to Vic Guerrero, son of Francisco. Later it was used as a small hotel). Francisco Guerrero continued to spend a great deal of time in San Francisco. In 1850 he was murdered as he stood near … Continue reading

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The Earthen Corral

(Photo: In better times, this is what Pablo Vasquez’s barn looked like. Located near the Main Street Bridge in Half Moon Bay, it was demolished in the 1977s). This left the northern 7,766 acres of the Corral de Tierra to … Continue reading

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The Earthen Corral

In the 1840s the Corral de Teirra was divided intow two Mexican land grants. Tiburico Vasquez (sometimes confused with his nephew, a notorious bandit hung in San Jose in 1875) ran two thousand head of cattle and 200 horses on … Continue reading

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The Earthen Corral

Festive rodeos lasting several days were commonplace around Miramar in the 1840s. Accompanied by much merry-making and feasting, the round-ups included scores of “rancherosâ€?, or owners, and their cowboys or “vaqueros.â€? These exciting occasions were highlighted with spirited competition among … Continue reading

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St. Matthew's Land by Coastside artist Galen Wolf (Part X)

It [the sea] strewed beach wood everywhere and created the aquarium-like pools flowering with anemone and garnished with kelp and sea urchins. Big-faced capazoni, like Chinese fish-kites, prowled the reefs. Swift cod of many colors swam deep, and flashing silver … Continue reading

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St. Matthew's Land by Coastside artist Galen Wolf (Part IX)

The galleons had long given way to a new ship, the clipper. These now came in an endless stream to San Francisco. The ocean that fought these fast ships for the months-long voyage of the Horn, sometimes seized them on … Continue reading

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St. Matthew's Land by Coastside artist Galen Wolf (Part VIII)

A brief-lived port at Pigeon Point terminated in a gun duel and bloodshed sharp and ugly as western literature can provide. Power on land was generally horses. The plowing, hauling, stages and buggies all needed them. Hay growing turned the … Continue reading

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St. Matthew's Land by Coastside artist Galen Wolf (Part VII)

A salute to the flexible and heroic people of the new age, who seemingly are not obviously discouraged. Let us return to a land whose semi-isolation is taking longer for the fairy wand of progress to bring its ambivalent magic. … Continue reading

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St. Matthew's Land by Coastside artist Galen Wolf (Part VI)

(Photo: The Coastside artist Galen Wolf posing somewhere on his property at Frenchman’s Creek, north of Half Moon Bay). The War and the Korean War suddenly overflowed the bay area. A new, almost unrecognizable county swiftly came to overlay the … Continue reading

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