Monthly Archives: February 2008

1880s: We would have all booked a room at the Swanton House

Sarah Swanton, Pescadero innkeeper, was praised as a woman of remarkable business ability, blessed with the friendliest personality. “As an entertainer she has few equals and no superiors in hotel management, ” the San Mateo Times & Gazette raved in … Continue reading

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…..Tubes of Mystery….Story & Photos by John Vonderlin

Tubes of Mystery Story & Photos by John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June, Lately there‚Äôs been a great increase in the number of small black plastic tubes washing up on our local beaches. I call them “The Tubes of … Continue reading

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Coburn Mystery: Chapter 27 (Original Draft)

By June Morrall If Pescadero was the recipe for a popular resort, here’s a list of its good ingredients: Healthfulness: The ocean breezes were well advertised. Location: Close enough to ride the stage, far enough away to feel secluded. Sightseeing: … Continue reading

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Coburn Mystery: Chapter 26 (Original Draft)

Story by June Morrall In the 1860s Colonel Albert S. Evans, author of A La California: Sketches of Life in the Golden State, reported on a very, very interesting dispute between an Indian and a Spaniard in Pescadero. At the … Continue reading

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Coburn Mystery: Chapter 25 (Original Draft)

Story by June Morrall In the mid-to-late 19th century, San Francisco’s great need for wood for building new structures– as well as replacing old ones that fed the frequent fires– led to the construction of profitable sawmills south of Half … Continue reading

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….Between Storms….Story & Photos by John Vonderlin

Between Storms: Visit to San Gregorio Beach Story & Photos by John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June, Arriving at San Gregorio Beach Park, I could see getting across the creek was going to present a challenge. A large lagoon … Continue reading

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…..Between Storms……Story & Photos by John Vonderlin

Between Storms: Visit to Pomponio Beach Story & photos by John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June, Pomponio Creek was running high and had formed a lagoon at its beach. While where the creek entered the ocean was easily fordable, … Continue reading

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….Between Storms….Story by John Vonderlin

Between Storms: Visit to Pescadero Beach Story & photos by John Vonderlin email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June After last Thursday’s moderate storm, and with a much bigger one predicted for Saturday, I used the narrow window between the wind and … Continue reading

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"Third Time's The Charm: Back to Acid Beach" Story by John Vonderlin

“Third Time’s The Charm: Back to Acid Beach” Story & photos by John Vonderlin email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) (Photo: John’s spectacular goal, Warm Water Lagoon.) Hi June, I’m not sure if “Failure is a Necessity” or “Failure is not an Option,” … Continue reading

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1960s: Historical Assn. Backs Preservation of Tiny Tunis School

1960s: From the Half Moon Bay Review “Mrs. Nita Spangler, president of the S.M. County Historical Association, said that ‘she personally favored the preservation’ of the old Tunis School. “‘It is my personal feeling that the Old Tunis School should … Continue reading

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