Lassen National Park

Ishi – The Last “Wild” Native American

Ishi was known as the last “wild” Native American. Ishi was a member if the Yuhi tribe which lived within the area that is currently Lassen National Park. The Yuhi tribe was the most aggressive Indian tribe in his area, and during the Gold Rush that tribe faught back against militias and vigilantes that faught against them.

Five massacres killed about a hundred Indians. The ten survivors, including Ishi who was ten years old, lived in Bear Creek.

In 1916, Ishi passed away after contracting the disease tiburculosis.

Madame C.J. Walker

Madame C.J. Walker – The First Self Made African American Millionaire

Madame C.J. Walker became a self made millionaire through a hair tonic that she sold.

Madame C.J. Walker has a mansion in the north Bay Area of California.

“I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations….I have built my own factory on my own ground.” 

Madam Walker
July 1912

La Cuesta Encantada, The Enchanted Hill, The Hearst Castle, William Randolph Hearst

La Cuesta Encantada – 100 Years Later

In 1919, William Randolph Hearst began construction on the massive La Cuesta Encantada, also known as the Enchanted Hill. It took 28 years for construction on the entire estate to be completed.

Jack Angellini, one of the carpenters for Hearst Castle, claimed that the on site workers had to tear down as much as they built. This was because Hearst kept on remodeling parts of the estate to his liking.

After William Randolph Hearst’s passing La Cuesta Encantada became known as the Hearst Castle. The State of California acquired ownership of the grounds and turned it into the Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument.

Elevated view of the Neptune Pool.
The indoor swimming pool.

The castle has many of the sculptures from European countries, within its outdoor grounds, and several paintings inside of the castle walls in tact. From 2016 to August 2018 the outdoor Neptune Pool underwent renovation.

President Hiram Ulysses Grant

Ulysses S. Grant Finished His Personal Memoirs A Week Before He Passed Away

Photograph of Ulysses S. Grant writing his memoirs on a chair.

Hiram Ulysses Grant, who is commonly known as Ulysses S. Grant, wrote his memoirs about his time in army in California during the Mexican American War, as a General During the U.S. Civil War and as a U.S. President. Hiram Ulysses Grant finished his personal memoirs on July 14, 1885; twenty years after the American Civil War ended.

Grant was very ill, during the course of his writing, and he passed away a week after he completed his memoir. Therefore, Grant did not live in time to see his work published.