Who’s Buried in the Woodbridge Masonic Cemetery?

You need special permission to visit the Woodbridge Masonic Cemetery most days of the week. Looked after by the Woodbridge Masonic Lodge #131, visits are by appointment only except for on Saturdays and Sundays when the gate is open from 8 AM-3 PM. In a […]

Historic Haunt

For 125 years, Preston Castle has stood in Ione. Once home to juvenile inmates, the now defunct youth correctional facility is a historic landmark, offering guided tours by eager docents. For many, the history of the castle is  most compelling, with stories of a military-style […]

Permanent Scars of a “Temporary” Past

At 1658 South Airport Way in Stockton, at the entrance gate to the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, there sits a boulder embedded with a steel plaque. For most, it is an indication of a California Historical Landmark, one of a couple dozen in the county. […]

To New Heights: Old Sacramento Underground Tour

It’s hard to imagine our capital city underwater, but Sacramento spent much of its earliest days immersed in both the gold rush, and seasonal lakes that sloped through streets and humble residences. And we’re not talking puddles, here, but communities that required rowboats to cross […]

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History Relived

Bomber Camp reignites Stockton’s military roots on May 30th High above San Joaquin’s skyline, history soars over the region. As one of three left of its kind, the Lockheed PV-2D Harpoon glides into position over the fields below. Its crew steadies the course, manning the […]

Haunted in San Joaquin

By Rachael Fleming Information obtained at the Bank of Stockton, Stockton Record and Preston Castle Foundation. The Stockton State Hospital was the first of its kind west of the Mississippi, serving the mentally ill. The hospital opened in 1853 on land donated by Charles Weber. […]

Kettleman: The Man Behind the Lane

By Rachael Fleming Photos Courtesy of the Bank of Stockton Information obtained at the San Joaquin County Historical Society & Museum For those familiar with the city of Lodi, the name ‘Kettleman’ may sound very familiar. It is, after all, one of the main streets […]

Brewing in San Joaquin

By Rachael Fleming Photos courtesy of the Bank of Stockton Information obtained at the Caesar Chavez Public Library Stockton Record Archives.   Though it may come at no surprise for a settlement so close to the gold mines, breweries were one of San Joaquin County’s […]

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History: Stockton Gurdwara Sahib

LOCAL HISTORY: The Stockton Gurdwara was founded in 1912 by Baba Jawala Singh and Baba Wasakha Singh. It was constructed in the early 1900s by the large Indian population that settled in San Joaquin County. This area was chosen for numerous reasons, most notably because it has many similarities to the Punjab region in India. […]