Photos from the Vault
Posted by David Middlecamp on June 29, 2015
When the conditions are right, California can explode.
The Park Hill Fire last week was a stark reminder. Two homes were destroyed, and the 1,791-acre blaze took five days to be fully contained.
It was an eerie shadow of a previous Las Pilitas fire that broke out July 1, 1985.
Posted by David Middlecamp on June 15, 2015
Though the war was over in Europe and many Japanese-Americans were beginning to return to their homes, racist threats were common. In California there were 65 documented instances, many in Merced, Fresno, Madera and Tulare counties.
Posted by David Middlecamp on June 12, 2015
Charles Shoes on Higuera Street may have the most secure shoe storage in the world. A circa 1915 jail too well constructed to tear down now houses soles, not souls.
Posted by David Middlecamp on June 8, 2015
The anesthetic, ether, gets more explosive as it ages. In 1980 Atascadero found 24 pounds of the explosive substance more volatile than than nitroglycerine.
Posted by David Middlecamp on June 3, 2015
The Federal Government asserted control over offshore oil in a lawsuit filed in 1945. Japan was now under regular daylight attack from American bombers.
Posted by David Middlecamp on May 29, 2015
New technology, Centralized Traffic Control, in 1944 allowed for faster train runs over Cuesta Grade by Southern Pacific Railroad.