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SANTA RITA MURALS

During my visit to the Archives Wednesday, Deputy Patty Stinson gave several of us a personal “tour” of the murals she painted for the Office of Emergency Services, a public building at Santa Rita The subject of the murals came from historical pictures and history of the department.

IMG_2740 (Copy)Above is the earliest history and is done in a sepia tone, as old pictures were in those days. Some highlights: Center left, Sheriff Henry Morse road horseback from Sunol to Los Angeles in pursuit of Joaquin Murrieta. Above his head is a little Adobe that is still part of Komandorski Village in Pleasanton. It served as the first courthouse and jail. Under the horses hooves is another building built as a courthouse and beside it a bigger  courthouse with a prisoner hanging in the doorway, the punishment for major crimes of the day. Behind the steam engine is the first Patrol Car and below right is the first Patty wagon. Follow the road above to officers in brown gear. Complaints that the cops looked too much like telegraph delivery men made them change to navy-blue uniforms. To the left, a mad Chinaman threw a bomb that killed six officers. Patty put a lot of thought and work into these murals. She segued this one with a slight color change, on the right, to the next mural.

IMG_2741 (Copy)This mural is in black and white. Above left corner depicts the first Prison Farm in the State, nestled in the hillside near what is now Highland Hospital. The woman seated above the Greystone Sign is Firth Band, a cattle rustler. Around the coffee table the story was the detectives interrogating her insisted she couldn’t lift a huge steer into a truck, she must have had help. She stood 6 feet, 2″ tall. When she had had enough of the badgering, before he could blink and eye, she grabbed hefty Detective Welch, one hand around the shoulder, one under the crotch,  and lifted him into the air with ease. I asked Welch if it was a true story. He told me exactly how she grabbed him. Top center, an officer beaming a light down into the compound where inmates lived in barracks. To his right, Ramona Hoffman, a female deputy operating what is now an ancient comptometer.  The Russell City Country Club? Russell City was actually the county dump where people, mostly African Americans who couldn’t get decent housing, built their own. Wooden shacks and even some cardboard shacks, and eventually some little houses, a hall and a market. None built with permits. Famous black musicians would come to the Bay Area and play to sell out crowds and then do free concerts for their brethren at the Russell City Country Club. Below right is Captain Minna Ralph. She was chosen to be the first female deputy sheriff, though a number of female matrons did police services at the jails before her. When the Civil Service Exam for Sergeant came up, the exam board forgot to post that the exam was open to men only. Minna took the exam and passed. There was an outcry against a female “stealing” a position, but she got the rank. It opened up doors for other female deputies. She later became a Lieutenant and Captain, all “firsts” as well. On the right of the mural is a touch of color as it segues to the next one.

IMG_2743 (Copy)  Top left, female deputies new uniforms are designed like stewardesses. One deputy commented can you imagine us trying to run in those skirts? Females were only allowed in the jail then. Captain Ralph fought for positions in transportation and juvenile. Change came slowly but they eventually got into patrol cars with great success and you see them left center firing pistols on the range. Top center is Spade Cooley, a man in jail for murdering his wife. He was a famous musician. Twelve deputies were indicted after the street wars in Berkeley depicted to his left. The deputies were raising funds for their own defense and Deputies Baugh, Matzek and Saper asked for permission to get Spade Cooley out of jail for a weekend for two concerts. They housed him, guarded him and bought him a belt buckle and a pair of boots at his request. Cooley’s friends came up from as far away as Texas to hear him play. One famous western movie star rolled into Oakland with great big steer horns on his fur-lined Cadillac. Cooley did one concert and in the middle of the second one, died on stage of a heart attack. Who can forget the case of the 26 school children kidnapped from Chowchilla and buried underground in Livermore?  The Sheriff still has a posse, for parade purposes only, bottom right. And, a dual picture of Martin Luther King and Joan Baez. The Santa Rita jail was the only prison King visited. He came because Joan Baez was imprisoned when she protested in song and in person on the streets of Berkeley.

Alameda County Jail reflects the times as it played its part in the historic changes of society. We can’t let history get thrown away. Our archives preserves it for posterity.

 

 

 

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Murals Of Indio, California

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have almost 4,000 postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Palm Springs RV Resort in Palm Desert, California. I’m scheduled to depart here Wednesday.

Nearby Indio, California has some nice murals reflecting area history. I missed a few when I was in Indio a couple of days ago, but here are the ones I did get…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

 

 

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I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was mostly sunny and 65 degrees. Forecast for today is mostly sunny and 64 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…

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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 600 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2015

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Lunch With A Friend In Anacortes, Washington

The motorhome is parked the Thousand Trails RV Resort located in La Conner, Washington. I’ve been here several times in past years. My membership allows a maximum of a three-week stay, out for one-week and then you can return to the first park. My departure date is September 2nd.

I’m just hanging out taking maximum advantage of my Thousand Trails membership and very agreeable weather.

Mary’s personal to-do list plate, which can only be handled by herself, continues to over-flow. Recently we acknowledged that her meeting up with me in September, just is not going to happen.   :(

I’ll next likely see her when I arrive at her home in November. A friend recently expressed a concern about the status of our relationship. Not to worry…it continues to function per our original agreement when we met in October, 2008. That is…I remain on the road and she will join me when her other life allows. We talk every day on the phone…sometimes more than once. It’s just the way life is!

Yesterday I had lunch with a delightful friend. I met Beverly Malland a number of years ago and we have remained friends over the years and distance of my travels. She has lived in Anacortes, Washington for lots of years…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

 

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After lunch I stopped for a cold beer at the Eagles Club which has been in this building since 1923. This is where Bev and I met. See the guy on the corner playing the banjo…that’s her father Rudy Malland…

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Rudy Malland (1916-2002) was known in the area as The Banjo King and local lore has it that he wore out six banjos during his career…

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The mural of Rudy Malland is one of more than 100 beautiful murals scattered all around Anacortes. You can read all about the artist and the murals by clicking this link… http://www.trailergypsies.com/Washington/Anacortes%20Mural%20Project.htm

 

Anacortes is one of my very favorite places in the United States. By clicking this link you can see my Picasa Web Album that I shot in 2006… https://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver/AnacortesWA

 

Finally you can read all about Anacortes by clicking this Wikepedia link… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anacortes,_Washington

 

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

Yesterday was a sunny and 80 degrees. Forecast for today is /cloudy/sunny and 73 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of Washington. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

 

 

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

 

 

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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 600 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2015

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Old Town – Barstow, California

The motorhome is parked at the Idle Spurs Restaurant in Barstow, California. I expect to be here for another day or two.

Mary continues to be occupied with personal business. I am now not expecting to see her again until I arrive at her home in Murphys, California about the third week in April. It’s just the way things are and we just have to deal with it.

Barstow has an interesting history. Through it has run the Old Spanish Trail, The Mormon Trail, The Mojave Trail and The Beale Wagon Road. Perhaps its most famous claim to fame is that is was on Old Historic U.S. Highway Route 66.

In Old Town, there are a number of nice murals depicting some of this history on Main Street, aka Route 66. Here are a few of them…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

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To see the other 29 photos that I took…

CLICK ON THE BELOW PHOTO. ONCE YOU ARRIVE AT THE PHOTO ALBUM, SIMPLY CLICK “SLIDESHOW” AND ENJOY!

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You can read all about Barstow by clicking this link…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barstow,_California

You can read about the Main Street Murals by clicking this link…http://mainstreetmurals.com/

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

Yesterday was a sunny and 77 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 79 degrees.

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of Nevada. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273?authkey=Gv1sRgCKrvzqm8-IKGdA

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2015

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CAUSLAND MEMORIAL PARK ANACORTES

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Jim and I have moved on to Monroe, Wa. where we are parked at Thunderbird Thousand Trails on the Skykomish River. But, I’m still blogging Anacortes because it has so many unique features, like this World War I Memorial Park. It is named for Vernon Causland a local vet killed during the war.

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War memorials are fairly common things to see as we travel about the country. This is the 2nd one we’ve seen designated a National Heritage Site. It is a beautiful and unique park. The single building, this gazebo type structure is at the front entrance.

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The park is fenced on two sides by unique rock walls. This is one corner.

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I walked along the side street, fascinated by the detailed work put into this wall.

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The wall undulates, dipping at places and higher at other spots.

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It curves into a side entrance.

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The walls are unique, but it isn’t the only beautiful aspect of this park.

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It has sweeping vistas of tiered grassy seating and about an acre of lawn above this spot with beautiful trees and flowers. A very restful place.

 

I’ll blog no more of Anacortes, but if you want to see the 40 pictures I took of Mitchell’s Murals in a slideshow, click on the link below.

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ANACORTES MURAL PROJECT

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My last two blogs about Anacortes had photos of Bill Mitchell’s murals. That’s him in a photo I dragged off a website. His vision has certainly affected the town positively in multiple ways.  You can read all about Mitchell at the link below.
http://www.goanacortes.com/arts_and_community/article_4d7ede94-cfe8-11e3-afae-001a4bcf887a.html

And the next link is of a couple who took pictures of some of Bills Murals and they met Bill and got some history about each one. Terrific job.

http://www.trailergypsies.com/Washington/Anacortes%20Mural%20Project.htm

I took about 40 photos but some I like better than others. It is hard to choose a favorite.

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Dennis is in front of the Post Office. Cute as can be.  I suspect he may have been a post master here or worked for the P.O. long ago. Mitchell likes history and does quite a bit of it in his work. He has over 150 murals in town.

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Chuck Peterson was a Ferry Skipper then suffered a head injury. He retired to just be Chuck.  I’d like to meet him. Doesn’t he look like a fun guy?

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And, equally fun, this gal. I’d like to meet her, too. She reminds me of my sister. I have a picture of her sitting on my dining room table telling fortunes at a family wedding after party.

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This dude loves his car. Me too!

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Obviously a fisherman.

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This is Steve Rydeburg, a “dirty” hippie, cleaned up. Used to have the best parties. I like his politics, the peace symbol he wears around his neck.

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Jim  is a unique character. I told him to pose for a Bill Mitchell picture. This is what he looks like.

I wanted to load my album, but we are over our byte alotment, so it will have to wait until I can get a free signal somewhere. Maybe the library tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

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