The California Stories are a collection of interesting and historical stories from early California and the California Missions written by David J. McLaughlin.
Table of Contents
- A Friendship Formed in Chocolate – This story is the product of two immigrants, James Lick and Domingo Ghirardelli.
- A Man Named Grizzly and a Grizzly Named Ben – One of the famed men who opened the West was a hunter and a trapper named James Capen Adams.
- How the Camels Came to California – This is the story of the United States Army’s experiment with camels and the lives of two key players in that saga.
- How William Randolph Hearst Helped Preserve San Antonio de Padua – This is the story of William Randolph Hearst and his interest in the plight of the old California missions.
- The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island – This is the heart-breaking story of a native woman abandoned on the island of San Nicolas for almost twenty years.
- Movies and the Missions – California and its historic missions have been featured in many movies beginning in 1819.
- Ramona Lives – Ramona was a romantic tale set in the mission era and was declared “the greatest story of California ever written” by the San Francisco Chronicle.
- The Good Pirate – This is the story of Joseph Chapman, the pirate who stayed and helped build Alta California’s mills.
- The Padre’s Gold – Six years before the California Gold Rush, gold was discovered near Mission San Fernando Rey in 1842.
- The Reluctant President – This is the compelling story of Fermin Francisco de Lasuén.
- Three Thousand Irishmen – In 1845, a Catholic priest and former missionary had a big idea which he began to promote in Mexico City.
- Toypurina – This is the remarkable tale of a twenty-five year old woman who inspired a revolt at Mission San Gabriel in 1785.