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Paul K. Sholar
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Owner of Suede Shirt Travel, a provider of California local history-related guided walks in San Francisco and elsewhere in California.
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    This Nature Conservancy tool doesn't seem to identify the contamination of the Colorado River from tailings left over from Atlas Minerals Corporation's uranium mine northwest of Moab, UT. (See http://www.grandcanyontrust.org/utah/uranium_history.php and http://www.gjem.energy.gov/moab/documents/factsheets/20120611OVERVIEW2.pdf)...
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    For more detailed information about what is a probable location of the prior Los Angeles Plaza - http://www.lanopalera.net/LAHistory/LASite.html and map - http://www.lanopalera.net/LAHistory/OldPueblo.gif . The street layout northeast of today's plaza serves as a clue....
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    Not sure that it's accurate to term most of the Los Angeles Basin's biome as a "prairie." (Sources? I've found papers that refer to the Los Angeles "coastal" prairie: http://dornsife.usc.edu/tools/mytools/PersonnelInfoSystem/DOC/Faculty/GEOG/publication_1008246_10969.pdf.) Maybe the better term is "chaparral," as described here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_chaparral_and_woodlands...
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    Interesting that author Miller doesn't mention the possible influence of mountain landscape art in the European romantic tradition upon the touristic expectations of Yosemite's well-heeled early visitors. Yosemite Valley is a classic, relatively narrow, U-shaped, glaciated valley (with west- and...
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    San Diego's pueblo was "founded" under Mexican rule. The Spanish had originally settled the place as a presidio and mission....
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    One more little thing regarding any commentary or history about the Spanish interacting closely with Native Americans in Alta California starting in the 1770s: remember that the Spanish military and colonial authorities had been confronting Native American peoples across 1000s...
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    Two other relevant factors in the breakup of the large land grants: politically motivated land-case litigation, as in the case of the New Almaden Quicksilver Mine south of San Jose, where two titans of the Civil War era later to...
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    The site of Los Angeles was an unfortunate one for two reasons. First, as author Rosenberg states, the Spanish authorities chose the site for its proximity to a river *and* to a labor source (Tongva and other tribelets within a...
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    Hi, sorry for this postponed response to your questions, as I've just noticed your comment. (My previous handle on this site was SuedeShirtTravel.) My interest in finding evidence for Confederate sympathy in the Los Angeles area and elsewhere in California...
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    Starting in 1539, early Spanish explorers journeying from western New Spain (Mexico) had found the mouth of the Colorado River and thus saw that, at least at that location, Baja California appeared to be a peninsula and not an island....
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    Not correct to leave the impression that the Salton Sea as it is seen today is the result of natural events. Rather it was formed between 1904 and 1907 due to a series of breaches of the insufficiently engineered head...
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    Deverell doesn't state clearly that the American Eugenics movement (pseudo-science) and the Progressive movement (politics) had distinct histories and prime movers but, among public intellectuals and political leaders involved in steering national policy, had some advocates in common (see...
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  • Comment
    This Nature Conservancy tool doesn't seem to identify the contamination of the Colorado River from tailings left over from Atlas Minerals Corporation's uranium mine northwest of Moab, UT. (See http://www.grandcanyontrust.org/utah/uranium_history.php and http://www.gjem.energy.gov/moab/documents/factsheets/20120611OVERVIEW2.pdf)...
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    For more detailed information about what is a probable location of the prior Los Angeles Plaza - http://www.lanopalera.net/LAHistory/LASite.html and map - http://www.lanopalera.net/LAHistory/OldPueblo.gif . The street layout northeast of today's plaza serves as a clue....
  • Comment
    Not sure that it's accurate to term most of the Los Angeles Basin's biome as a "prairie." (Sources? I've found papers that refer to the Los Angeles "coastal" prairie: http://dornsife.usc.edu/tools/mytools/PersonnelInfoSystem/DOC/Faculty/GEOG/publication_1008246_10969.pdf.) Maybe the better term is "chaparral," as described here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_chaparral_and_woodlands...
  • Comment
    Interesting that author Miller doesn't mention the possible influence of mountain landscape art in the European romantic tradition upon the touristic expectations of Yosemite's well-heeled early visitors. Yosemite Valley is a classic, relatively narrow, U-shaped, glaciated valley (with west- and...
  • Comment
    San Diego's pueblo was "founded" under Mexican rule. The Spanish had originally settled the place as a presidio and mission....
  • Comment
    One more little thing regarding any commentary or history about the Spanish interacting closely with Native Americans in Alta California starting in the 1770s: remember that the Spanish military and colonial authorities had been confronting Native American peoples across 1000s...
  • Comment
    Two other relevant factors in the breakup of the large land grants: politically motivated land-case litigation, as in the case of the New Almaden Quicksilver Mine south of San Jose, where two titans of the Civil War era later to...
  • Comment
    The site of Los Angeles was an unfortunate one for two reasons. First, as author Rosenberg states, the Spanish authorities chose the site for its proximity to a river *and* to a labor source (Tongva and other tribelets within a...
  • Comment
    Hi, sorry for this postponed response to your questions, as I've just noticed your comment. (My previous handle on this site was SuedeShirtTravel.) My interest in finding evidence for Confederate sympathy in the Los Angeles area and elsewhere in California...
  • Comment
    Starting in 1539, early Spanish explorers journeying from western New Spain (Mexico) had found the mouth of the Colorado River and thus saw that, at least at that location, Baja California appeared to be a peninsula and not an island....
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