Anyone who has spent any time at all on the Western side of San Francisco is familiar with the name Sutro
. Being the 24th mayor of the City was actually one of his smaller and lesser-known accomplishments.
Born in Prussia in 1830, he first made a name for himself with The Sutro Tunnel
, which was used to drain water from underneath the Comstock Lode
, improving working conditions and lowering the mine's operating costs. He sold his interest in the company he founded and left for San Francisco, where he built
himself a mansion
, among other things... [more inside]
posted by MattMangels
on Dec 9, 2012 -
Plenty of people collect Disneyana
, the toys, books, animation cels, and theme-park souvenirs. Then there are those fans who collect information and details on the Disney parks themselves, collecting official park maps
or drawing up their own ride blueprints
, assembling the design history behind the attractions
, and even collecting vintage tickets
and ticket books
) is an ever-growing collection of Disneyland history, and has an updated collection of links to similar fan sites and Imagineering blogs
, which is a whole collection of rabbit holes of nostalgia and behind-the-scense information. So grab a riding crop
and pretend like it's the 60s all over again
posted by filthy light thief
on Mar 15, 2012 -
Lookout Mountain Laboratories (Hollywood, CA) was originally built in 1941 as an air defense station. But after WWII, the US Air Force repurposed it into a secret film studio which operated for 22 years during the Cold War. The studio produced classified movies for all branches of the US Armed Forces, as well as the Atomic Energy Commission, until it was deactivated in 1969. During this time, cameramen, who referred to themselves as "atomic" cinematographers, were hired to shoot footage of atomic bomb tests in Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and the South Pacific.
Some of their films have been declassified and can be seen here. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Sep 14, 2010 -
Marin County Oral History
"From 1974 to 1984, Carla Ehat, with partner Anne Kent, and later Genevieve Martinelli, traveled from one end of Marin County [California] to the other, interviewing a broad spectrum of Marin's long-time residents, ranging from ranchers to politicians and including descendents of early pioneer families." Each link on the list includes a photo, bio, full text of the interview, and, the best part, short audio excerpts from the interviews. Many of the folks interviewed were born in the 1880s or 1890s.
posted by ocherdraco
on Dec 6, 2009 -
E Clampus Vitus
is a fraternal organization rooted in the California Gold Rush. Although some of its primary functions are beer drinking and implicitly poking fun at stodgier fraternal orders, it has also developed into a locally important
benevolent organization. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie
on Aug 15, 2008 -
You’d need years to really study
of Califonia’s history - the artist
certainly had a lot a free time to create them. You'd probably also need a special invitation to engage in a multi-year study in the gallery
- and you probably don't want one.
posted by rtha
on Aug 20, 2007 -
Jonson takes pictures of The Salton Sea,
which is a strange place
, like some kind of huge, perpetual, Burning Man
, but by a huge, salty, polluted, manmade lake
with distant shores
, dying fish
, has-been resort towns
, Salvation Mountain
, fundie dinos
, fountains of youth
, and nice churches
. [via mefi projects] [previously] [howdy]
posted by brownpau
on Jan 30, 2007 -
Those OLD states are totally 2004.
I should wait until Thursday,
but: If you're fed up with the idea of living in America OR Canada, consider moving to The State of Jefferson,
a county on the Cali/Oregon border with big dreams and a kickass flag.
Of course, they haven't seceded yet,
but when they do, it's only going to be a matter of time before we can all live in the utopian Republic of Cascadia,
where, as Jefferson residents, we'll run on Metric Time and help strengthen Cascadia's southern border against Californian incursions.
And hey! Public radio!
posted by dougunderscorenelso
on Jan 29, 2005 -
The Kumeyaay Nation
of southern California.
'This Web site is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the Kumeyaay culture. Kumeyaay.com tells the story from the Kumeyaay perspective, and is the premiere source for Kumeyaay Indian information.' With an interesting history, language and culture
posted by plep
on Nov 12, 2003 -