Monthly Archives: December 2007

The 1868 Boundary Bill: Pescadero Joins San Mateo County…

[Note: I wrote this in 1977] As spokesman for a circle of prominent South Coast residents, Dr. Isaac Goodspeed faced the press in 1868 and flatly denied accusations that local citizens planned to resist efforts to sever Pescadero from Santa … Continue reading

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Tunnel Trip on Hold, says John Vonderlin

Hi June, A return trip to the tunnel is on hold. But here’s a few more pictures of it. The mud below the entrance is extremely slick because of the small rivulet that flows along the now eroded floor. I’ve … Continue reading

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Warning: "X" Marks the Spot Story By John Vonderlin

Story by John Vonderlin (email John: benloudman@sbc.global.net Hi June, Knowing a picture can be worth a thousand words you might want to include the picture numbers from the California Coastal Records Project (CCRP), that cover the Lou Denny Wayne shipwreck … Continue reading

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1897: High School Class in Pescadero

The class occupied one room in the local school building and it is said that students who failed to study were not allowed to attend.

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South Coast: Abandoned WII Observation Post?

Story by John Vonderlin coming soon

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Modern Shipwrecks: The Lou Denny Wayne by John Vonderlin

Story by John Vonderlin (email John: benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June, As you detailed in your book Half Moon Bay Memories, Pigeon Point’s history has been punctuated by a series of disastrous shipwrecks. The grounding, the night of November 28th, and subsequent … Continue reading

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Our Coastside Beaches: 57 Tires & Other Meanings Behind That Magic #

Story by John Vonderlin (email John: benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June, Part I: I’m Tired Yesterday’s expedition was quite amazing. The first important event occurred at Pescadero Beach when I added pictures of six more tires coughed up from the ocean to … Continue reading

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The Cemetery in the San Dunes…

The Cemetery in the Sand Dunes In the summer of 2001 something white in the sand caught the eye of a hiker as he walked among the wind-eroded dunes near Point Ano Nuevo. There was something about it that made … Continue reading

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….Pigeon Point Lighthouse….

The wreck of the Hellespoint fed fuel to a growing movement seeking government funds for construction of a lighthouse along this notorious stretch of shoreline…but when they first chose to buy Ano Nuevo, and finding the asking price too high, … Continue reading

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More Pigeon Point:…The Hellespont Horror

[Note: I wrote this in 1977.] The voyage was not a smooth one as Frederick Wilson steered the American ship, Hellespont, along the rocky California coast in November of 1868. Not only dark weather but ruthless winds and a boiling … Continue reading

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