Comstock Lode: 1860 – 1906

April 15, 2018

The Comstock Lode was an oddity no matter how you look at it. In the first place, early miners kept cursing the riches they found there. It fouled their equipment, and they tried desperately to […]

San Francisco: 1860 – 1906

March 15, 2018

Yerba Buena, they called it then. It’s a Spanish term that translates to “good herb”, or as some would have it, “mint.” And mint it was, but not of the tasty-plant variety. Rather, it was […]

Transformation of Everyday Life: 1860 – 1906

February 21, 2018

The nearly half-century between 1860 and 1906 was one of the most explosive growth periods in human history, both in knowledge and technology. Consider: When the era began, disease was thought to be transmitted by […]