Monthly Archives: September 2008

The Coburn Mystery: Chapter 50

September 12, 1891 and shortly afterward Nobody was willing to disagree that the barricaded gate to Pebble Beach had been deliberately ripped open and tossed aside. Not the men who tore it down; not the non-participating witnesses; not the man … Continue reading

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The Swiss have a beautiful Lake Lucerne…and, uh…So do the Pescaderans…

Story by John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June, While attempting to learn more online about Loren Coburn’s only lasting legacy, Lake Lucerne, I encountered some interesting things. One of them is not who came up with the name for this … Continue reading

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The Coburn Mystery: Chapter 49

Sarah Upton witnessed the group of men storming the gate at Pebble Beach on September 12, 1891. She sat atop her horse when she recognized the owner of the local general store, the roadmaster and county supervisor. Her brother-in-law, Loren … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin Returns to Coburn’s Folly

Part 4 Story & Photos by John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June, Before venturing out to photograph Lake Lucerne, and the remnants of the Bean Hollow Bridge, I checked them out on the California Coastal Records Project website. Picture … Continue reading

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John Vonderlin Returns to Coburn’s Folly

(Yes, this photo is blurry.) Return to Coburn’s Folly Part 3 Story by John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June,“If you look closely at the photo you can see Lake Lucerne above and behind the carriage on the bridge. You … Continue reading

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No “There” There…Poison Oak-ey Return to Coburn’s Folly: Story/Photos by John Vonderlin

Part II in John Vonderlin’s Coburn’s Folly series Story/Photos by John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) (Watercolor of Pebble Beach Hotel believed to be by Coastside artist Galen Wolf.) Hi June, It has been a while, but I’d like to return … Continue reading

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On Purple People Eaters

By June Morrall Email June (june@halfmoonbaymemories.com) There was a rock ‘n roll radio show in San Francisco that I listened to, and kids would call in with requests to play their favorite songs. The best part was when the host … Continue reading

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Welcome to Geocaching.com…. new mysterious game

Story by John Vonderlin Emai John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) geocaching.com Those not familiar with this relatively new and explosively popular game? hobby? excuse to go on a mystery solving adventure?, should websearch Wikipedia “Geocache” to familiarize themselves with its many variations. This geocache’s … Continue reading

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Strange Co-incidence…Story by John Vonderlin

Story/Photo by John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June, I haven’t heard back from the brick collector’s website, but I’ve discovered a strange coincidence while researching the possible origin of the brick I photographed in the gravel of Gazos Creek. … Continue reading

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Rolling Renaissance Catalog. What is it? Sandy Castle/Jim Maggio. Who is he?

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