Category Archives: Pomponio

The "Outlaw" Pomponio & The Historical Art of David Gremard Romero

A few months ago I received a fascinating email from San Francisco artist David Gremard Romero. He wanted to know more about the Coastside “outlaw” Indian Pomponio–because he wanted to paint him. In the meantime, David continued his research and … Continue reading

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Addendum to–Coastside Cave Sheltered The Outlaw Pomponio

(Photo: Pablo Vasquez, son of Tiburcio, original grantee to the Corral de Tierra, the land grand stretching from Miramar to Half Moon Bay, often told the story of Pomponio.) At about the time Pomponio was jailed and executed (1824), California … Continue reading

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A Coastside Cave Sheltered The Outlaw Pomponio: Part V: Conclusion

The end came in the form of a woman scorned. A beautiful Indian girl claimed Pomponio and two of his friends had kidnapped her, leaving her to guard the horses while they visited the native quarters at Mission Dolores. Most … Continue reading

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A Coastside Cave Sheltered The Outlaw Pomponio: Part IV

The frustrated soldiers waited in vain for the rebels to strike but the attack never came. Infuriated, they frantically renewed their hunt and Pomponio withdrew to the safety of the cave at the headwaters of Pomponio Creek, south of San … Continue reading

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A Coastside Cave Sheltered The Outlaw Pomponio: Part III

(Photo: Indians at mission in San Jose)* Pomponio’s pursuers, Spanish or Mexican soldiers, must have believed that the fugitive Indian was dead, perhaps killed by grizzly bears or mountain lions that roamed the hills near Half Moon Bay. Visibly relieved, … Continue reading

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A Coastside Cave Sheltered The Outlaw Pomponio: Part II

(Photo: Indians at the mission in San Francisco)* Other Indians, who had escaped, were attracted to Pomponio, joining his band of rebellious dissidents. The ragtag “army’s” immediate problem was getting food and weapons. Having lived at the missions, they knew … Continue reading

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A Coastside Cave Sheltered The Outlaw Pomponio: Part I

More than 170 years ago the renegade Indian leader Pomponio stayed one jump ahead of his pursuers by hiding out in a dark, rocky cave on the remote Coastside. The wily Pomponio led his band of outlaws to the headwaters … Continue reading

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