Flashback 2017: The Winchester House

On October 30, 2017 I visited the Winchester Mystery House for one of their “candlelight ghost tours”.

Before going on the ghost tour, guests were allowed to see rooms with the history of the Winchester Firearms company, which was how the family had the wealth to build a mansion with so many rooms. Unfortunately, the 1906 earthquake damaged the Winchester house, so levels of the home had to be removed during it’s restoration. Therefore, the mansion is smaller now than it was in the early 1900s.


Juneteenth At The Louden Nelson Center

Juneteenth is a celebration of the emancipation proclamation that President Abraham Lincoln established during the U.S. Civil War. By freeing the slaves, Lincoln took a step closer to establishing the notion in the Declaration of Independence that, “All men (and women) are created equal”.

At the June 16, 2018 Juneteenth I got to meet with Santa Crux City Council candidate Drew Glover who works for, “The People’s Campaign”, a Social Justice organization started by Martin Luther King, Junior.


The Tallest Covered Bridge That Was Built in the 1800s

The tallest covered bridge, to be built in the 1800s, was constructed in the Santa Cruz mountains in the town of Felton. Felton was named after a North Carolina Congressman whom had the same last name.

Visiting in person certain confirmed how large this covered wooden bridge indeed was. After it was completely built in 1893, the bridge was the only waypoint into Felton.

Oakland, California, Pardee House

The Pardee House of Oakland


The Pardee House of Oakland was owned by a former mayor of the city.


The house contains hundreds of relics and books that the Parder family owned.  Many books are in California law since George Pardee actively familiarized himself with local and state laws as the mayor.


One of George Pardee’s daughters had a journal of the many suitors that she went on dates with.  Back then, such journals were called, “Chap Records”.

The Pardees had a relationship with Abraham Lincoln’s widowed wife. The Pardees would stitch pieces of her cloth from her dresses on fabrics and bedsheets to help her make money.  One bedroom in the house has a piece of Lincoln’s wife’s dress.