Category Archives: Amesport

Miramar Beach's Amesport & Judge Josiah P. Ames: Part V

(Photo: A rickety Amesport wharf some 60-70 years after it had been built at Miramar). The political star of Josiah Parker Ames was rising when he donated a new flag staff to the town of Half Moon Bay in 1876. … Continue reading

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Miramar Beach's Amesport & Judge Josiah P. Ames: Part IV

Josiah “JP” Ames had his finger in every sector of Half Moon Bay’s miniscule economy. He owned a flour mill where the grain was ground and cracked. In 1873, when 700 citizens lived in Half Moon Bay, the mill turned … Continue reading

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Miramar Beach's Amesport & Judge Josiah P. Ames: Part III

A creek running through the James Denniston property in Princeton–where the family reputedly resided in an adobe–was named Denniston Creek after its owner. Denniston operated Old Landing, the only wharf on the Coastside (where there were no natural harbors); little … Continue reading

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Miramar Beach's Amesport & Judge Josiah P. Ames: Part II

Born in England–but reared in New York City—Josiah P. Ames was 20 when he joined Col. Jonathan Stevenson’s special regiment that sailed around Cape Horn to California in 1847. The colonel’s instructions were to take part in the American occupation … Continue reading

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Miramar Beach's Amesport & Judge Josiah P. Ames: Part I

The few clusters of Americans scattered in the bureaucratically named “Department of California” felt threatened on the brink of the U.S. “war” with Mexico in 1846. The settlers smelled invasion in the air. But from whom? They weren’t certain. They … Continue reading

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The Mullen Farmhouse

When I dropped in on Tom Clyne at the historic Mullen Farmhouse in east Miramar in 1977, the 84-year-old retired bookkeeper told me he had inherited the property from Clara Mullen. Wow, I thought. What a great property. The Mullen … Continue reading

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Behold the Sea: Many Historic Events

At left: Pete Douglas (in the back) and his brother, Jack, pose at the Ebb Tide Cafe, the hip coffee/jazz house, surrounded by artichokes and overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Miramar. This was the beginning of the Bach Dancing & … Continue reading

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