Colonel Richard Barnes Mason, Fort Mason

Fort Mason – Named After The Fifth Military Governor Of California And Grandson Of Founding Father George Mason IV

In the 1797, a fort, which was later named Fort Mason by the Americans, was first established by the Spanish military within the Presido of San Francisco.

Two Mexican revolutions against the Spanish Empire failed. However, after the success of the third Mexican Revolution the fort fell under Mexican control for about twenty years. During the Mexican-American War the United States Military took over the fort and in 1850 renamed it Fort Mason after Colonel Richard Barnes Mason.

Colonel Mason was a decendant of founding father George Mason and was a member of the Dragoons during the Mexican-American War. After the American victory Colonel Mason became the fifth military Governor of California.


My 33rd Birthday And My Upcoming Roadtrip Chronicling The Effects Of The Covid-19 Pandemic In America

Philip Andrew Hamilton with Ruth Olga Sherman at the Mendocino City Beach May 18, 2020.

Today, May 20, 2020 marks my 33rd birthday during a time of drastic worldwide economic, social and societal changes. I just as many people I know, have faced loss of income, loss of jobs, and a lack of access to people and various property (such as parks and beaches) during the course of this pandemic. Currently the amount of unemployed Americans individuals stands at 30 million, twice the amount of unemployed individuals during the height of “The Great Depression”. Tough times are here and tough times are here to stay for the long haul.

Ruth Olga Sherman, a professional dancer and anthropologist, will be joining me in chronicling the plight of individuals in the states of California, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and in Flordia during the course of our cross country road trip.

I will continue to write articles about landmarks, parks and museums that I visit (regardless of whether they are opened or closed due to a state imposed lockdown). In addition, I’ll provide individual feedback from individuals that Ruth and I meet and how the government lockdown (according to rules imposed by their state, city or town) and the pandemic has effected their livelihood.

The stories will be vast and many, and indeed introspective of the year that truly changed the state of humanity as we know it and the multiplicity of governments that humanity succumbs itself too.

I ask that you as a reader of my website support our efforts to chronicle this part of current American life by donating to my Venmo page:


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Philip Andrew Hamilton

Or to:

Ruth Olga Sherman

Those checks may be mailed to:

444 Western Drive

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

For those who are able to donate, thank you. I’ll be sure to provide a show of appreciation with a personal email or phone call.

Mount Saint Helens, Oregon

May 18, 1980 – The Day The Dormant Volcano “Mount Saint Helens” Exploded In Oregon

In May 1980, the dormant volcano, Mount Saint Helens, was reported as having seismic activity by geologists. Oregonians were told to evacuate the site of the former volcano, but a few hikers and photographers remained behind. On May 18, 2020, the dormant Mount Saint Helens exploded with the force of five hundred atomic bombs (as powerful as the one that exploded in Hiroshima). Trees were flattened for miles, thousands of animals and 59 humans were killed by the blast which created a crater on top of the mountain.

The​ Giant Powder Company

The Giant Powder Company – The First Company To Produce Dynamite In The United States Of America

The Giant Powder Company started manufacturing dynamite in the United States, for the purposes of constructing mines and dams, in San Francisco and Berkeley. When explosions at the factories at those two cities caused expensive property damage to the homes surrounding them, the company relocated to the remote area of Pinole, north of Berkeley.