|Would you please put a call out to residents who want to join the Ad Hoc
Committee. Can you do that this week? Please time is a ticking and we can
lose momentum fast.
Anyone interested in joining the Bermuda Dunes Ad Hoc Committee regarding
private parties & the yearly Coachella parties held in Bermuda Dunes please
contact Cheryl Isen
760-345-7614 Home 760-831-5011 Cell.
We will have the 1st meeting in a few weeks.
It has been suggested by the Bermuda Dunes Community Council that as a
group we can better help the Supervisors, Planning Dept., Code Enforcement,
Sheriff’s Dept. understand our plight during the month of April and for some
residents on 41st. have this all year! What happens to our community, as well
By Popular Demand - Open 7 Days
Serving Lunch & Dinner Mon - Fri
and Breakfast and Dinner Sat & Sun
The Pub now opens at 10 AM Monday through Friday,
serving Lunch to 5 PM and Dinner from 5 PM to Close.
Breakfast is served from 9 AM to 1 PM on Saturday and
Chicken and Rib Dinners only from 3 PM on Sunday.
Again, by popular demand, our Dining Room will remain open
Happy Hour Drink Prices will be available all day, every day
from opening to close.
Expanded Pub Menu
Including Weekend Breakfast
We have expanded our Pub Menu with salads, sandwiches
and small plates available from 10 AM to close. Your favorite
Murph's dinner entrées are available from 5 PM to Close.
Click here to view or download our Summer Pub Menu
(including Our Weekend Breakfast Menu).
Summer Coupon Deals
Enjoy our Pan-Fried Chicken and Rib Dinners on your patio or
poolside throughout the summer with our 2 for $30 Chicken
Dinners Coupon. We also offer a $30 Chicken & Rib Dinner
Coupon. Coupons are valid every night.
We are also offering 10 pieces of our Pan-Fried Chicken with
2 side salads, 2 pints of side items and 2 desserts, available
daily for $25.00 with our Quick Fix Coupon for either dine in
or take out.
Your choice of six 2 for $21 Quick Fix Takeout Specials*
Tuesday through Saturday.
Cook'n with Rush 50% Off Radio Special
Listen to my Cook'n with Rush Show on MoneyRadio (1200
AM/100.9 FM) on Thursday's from 10 - 11 AM and download
from my Cook'n with Rush web site a special 50% Off coupon
for either dine in or take out. Limit: 1 coupon per table and a
maximum party of 4.
Check out our web site for other offers and valuable coupons
throughout the summer.
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LIFE IS GOOD IN BERMUDA DUNES
Meets the 2nd Thursday
every other month
760 863 8211
Lt. Mike Manning
760 863 8784
760 540 1878
760 393 3344
Bermuda Dunes Community
Dunes Community Center
Bermuda dunes Airport
Robert Berriman, Mgr.
PH: 760 345 2558
Myoma Water Co
Myoma Dunes Water
79050 Avenue 42
Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203
1 951 955 3333
1 866 732 1444
760 320 1048
1 393 3344
Dept of Animal Services
760 343 3644
ABOUT BDSA AND
Bermuda Dunes Security
Glen Smith-- President
(currently on leave of absence)
Jerry Lugo-- Acting President
Robert Nelson-- Treasurer
Phillip Bettencourt-- Secretary
Bill McMurtrey-- Director
John Thiele-- Director
Michael Tanner-- Director
Robert Nagles-- Director
Charles Bishop-- Director
John Walters-Clark-- Community
Manager with Associa
4th Thurs. of every
Bermuda Dunes Security
Association (BDSA) is
responsible for streets
(potholes, cracks, street
drainage and dry wells),
Security entry/exit, patrol
vehicles, cable TV
agreement, fee collection
& payment, gates & gate
lights, medians, walls,
guardhouses and all
BDSA is managed by
Desert Resort Mgmt
760 346 1161
The Admin Office is open
Monday thru Friday for
questions and concerns.
Admin staff can also assist
with access to the
Resident Login System
Admin hours are as follows:
If this is urgent, please
contact Security at:
Main Gate: 760-360-1322
Glass Gate: 760-772-3137
Third Tuesday at
6:00 p.m. each month
Ron Rowell-- President
Edward Testo-- Vice President
Mike Soran-- Treasurer
Janet McMurtrey-- Secretary
Danae Delaney-- Director
Greg Gamboa-- Community
Manager with Management Trust
Bermuda Dunes Community
Here is what
(BDCA) is responsible for
most problems relating to
property owner's home
and lot, dogs,
draining, trash cans,
fountains and landscaping
at the main gate.
Committee reports to the
Dues are $100 per year
and are payable in
January in lump sum
New Manager is
Greg Gamboa, Phone:
760-776-5100 ext 6309
The Management Co.
39755 Berkey Drive, Suite A •
Palm Desert, CA 92211
P: (760) 776-5100 x6343
F: (760) 776-5111
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|BERMUDA DUNES SECURITY ASSOCIATION
BULK CABLE INFORMATION
Dear BDSA Member:
For the past several years all members of the BDSA have enjoyed
the benefit of a “Bulk Contract” for cable television service from Time
Warner Cable. Our last contract, dated May 1, 2013 and extended
November, 2015, included the following services: Basic and
Extended Lineup, HBO, Showtime, TMC, Variety Tier, Sports Tier,
and either two (2) Standard Digital/High Definition cable boxes or
one (1) Digital Video Recorder (DVR). The contracted price for all
above is $39.00 per month, which has been, and is, included in your
current monthly BDSA assessments. If you were to seek the same
service outside of the BDSA Bulk Agreement it would cost an
individual household between $125 and $200 per month.
Unfortunately, when the BDSA entered into its first “Bulk Agreement”
with TWC back in 2001, it didn’t comply with our Governing
Documents, therefore, in order to comply with our current CC&Rs
and By Laws we are forced to cancel our contract, effective October
Between now and October 31st your BDSA Board of Directors will
work diligently to find a legal remedy to this dilemma. Your BDSA
Board of Directors has appointed an Ad Hoc committee to research
all possibilities, including the addition of Bulk Internet Service. As
most of you already know, TV as we know it today is changing at a
phenomenal rate due to companies such as Netflix, Hulu, Yahoo and
Amazon that bring Streaming Services to your Smart TV. It is our
mission to find you the best and least expensive services available,
including the possibility of a full “Opt Out” option.
Each of you can be a part of the solution by staying informed.
Please make sure to register for the BDSA Website through Desert
To create an account online for your association start by going
online to www.associaonline.com. When you get to the home page in
the top left corner of the screen there will be an orange tab that says,
“My Account”. This will take you to a new home page that will say,
“Welcome to Associa Access” and there you will see a register
button. When you click on that button it will open a new window that
will ask you for your account number as well as your zip code. If you
need your account number please call our office at (760)-346-1161
and one of our customer service representatives will be happy to
In addition, we will post this information on Facebook, Next Door and
in The Blog.
Lastly, you can provide your feedback and ideas to a special email
address we have set up just for this: email@example.com
All of us on the BDSA Board realize the financial impact this situation
presents to every homeowner and renter in our community, and as
such, our promise to you is to provide you with as much information
as we can, as fast as we can, so you can provide us with the input
necessary to change our Governing Documents, allowing us a legal
solution. It is only until this is done before we can negotiate the best
BDSA Cable Committee
|All of our children deserve better!
Don’t you agree?
CLICK HERE TO DONATE
YOU CAN STILL HELP THE SHERMAN FAMILY
PLEASE - JUST A SMALL AMOUNT WILL HELP!
I have been checking the donations and it appears
they have stopped!
PLEASE REMEMBER -
The costs continue and they desperately need our
|Have a dog or cat fence
26 inches high and 32 inches long
Has ten panels and put as many as you want together
Free to any one
If you want this - please let The Blogfolks know as this person
did not leave any contact number. We will be able to get in
touch with them.
for your use
Click on the subject to
|CC AND R DOCUMENTS
BDSA RULES AND REGS
DAVIS STERLING ACT
ROBERTS RULES OF
Every Monday during the month of June
you can walk in and get your pet a microchip for
which includes registration of the chip.
No appointment necessary
Walk in between 9:30am and 4:00pm.
Can your lost pet get home?
A microchip makes the difference!
Please visit Animal Samaritans at either of their veterinary clinics
72-120 Pet Land Place
located at the Coachella Valley Animal Campus
42-150B Jackson Street, Suite 106.
|I attended a BDSA meeting Wednesday at BDCC. As I am a
BDCC Equity member, I am well aware of the dress code.
When someone does not abide by the code, member or not, I
am taken aback.
Therefore it seems to me that the BDSA board members
should adhere to the dress code when meeting at BDCC. One
of the members was in a tee shirt and jeans.
If you could let the board know to respect the club rules, I
would appreciate it.
And that applies to anyone attending these committee
|BARRY MANILOW'S A GIFT OF LOVE IV BENEFIT
Pop culture icon and music legend Barry Manilow announced that
he will once again perform five holiday concerts to raise funds for
various charities in the Coachella Valley and Animal Samaritans is
one of them!
You can support Animal Samaritans by purchasing one of the VIP
ticket packages listed below. Your purchase of these tickets
support Animal Samaritans in their efforts to rescue and shelter
abused, abandoned and neglected animals, provide education to
our school children about the importance of being kind to animals,
and helping those who need financial assistance to care for their
pets. We champion compassion and respect for all living creatures,
with a primary focus on dogs, cats, and the humans who love them.
We hope you enjoy the talent of Barry Manilow as much as we do,
and that you will consider purchasing tickets from one of the
packages below. Thank you for taking this animal welfare journey
TICKETS GO ON SALE MAY 22ND AT 10:00AM.
YOU CAN CALL 424-298-4818 OR ORDER ON LINE AT
In addition to the VIP tickets, there are also regular concert tickets
priced from $30 to $300. New this year is the opportunity for the
purchaser to designate their favorite charity to benefit from the
purchase of these tickets. For each ticket, 30% of the face value is
credited to the designated charity.
Animal Samaritans is a community-leading 501c3 Animal Welfare
organization established in 1978 to improve the lives of animals and
In addition to our high-quality affordable veterinary services, we rely
on individual and corporate donors, grants, planned giving, and
fundraising efforts to maintain and expand our many programs and
services. We employ over 40 employees and utilize community
volunteers to carry out our mission. We champion compassion and
respect for all living creatures, with a primary focus on dogs, cats,
and the humans who love them.
|I have added CC&Rs, ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION, BERMUDA DUNES OVERLAY AND OTHER IMPORTANT
DOCUMENTS. THEY ARE RIGHT THERE FOR YOUR REVIEW. Check it out - lower left side of blog.
|OPEN BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017
4:00 P.M. (new time)
BERMUDA DUNES COUNTRY CLUB
42-765 ADAMS STREET
BERMUDA DUNES, CA 92203
My name is Peter Paloalto and I am the owner of Coachella Valley
Pools. We wanted to offer our services to any one who might need
them. We specialize in pool maintenance. We would take care of your
pool twice a week, every week. Our rates start at $100 a month
(depending on the size of your pool).
If you are interested or know anyone whom might be, please give us
Thanks for contacting us. We will be more than happy to add
you to our vendor list.
Click the vendor list, then click on P for pool services.
|Now Open 7 Days - Weekend Breakfast
|Hey Mrs. B
I ran across this pic surfing the web.... use it to remind
folks to vote yes
THE IMPORTANT THING IS TO 'VOTE'
|Top Eleven things to consider when hiring a Tree Company;
Safety- Safety is the most important aspect of tree work that needs
to be considered when hiring a tree company. With the dangerous
nature of our business, a culture and tone of safety first in a tree
company is critical. Make sure that the tree company you hire has a
Certified Tree Care Safety Professional on staff, follows industry
safety standards, safety policy, and the company holds regular
Certified, Licensed, and Fully Insured Another important thing to
look for in a qualified tree care company is that the company is fully
insured with workers compensation and liability insurance. The tree
company should have a minimum of $1,000,000 each occurrence
and $2,000,000 general aggregate for General Liability, and
$500,000 for workers compensation. It is not wise for a home owner
to hire a tree service that is not insured for many reasons, the most
important is – do you value your house, car, and belongings? If so,
then make sure to hire a company that is fully insured! Being
licensed and certified are both equally important. Most of the time, it
is ok for a tree company to hold a business license in the City or
County where they are located, but some cities & counties require
licensing in their jurisdiction as well.
For certification, both the ISA (International Society of Arboriculture)
and TCIA (Tree Care Industry Association) certify individuals in
Arboriculture. A tree care company that you are hiring should
have a ISA Certified Arborist on staff, and a TCIA CTSP
Certified Tree Care Safety Professional. Reputation & Longevity.
Any service company that performs work at a residence should have
a good reputation. There are “so called” tree professionals out there
that will take your money and run. Never pay a tree service up front
for a job, not even a deposit. Deposits are frowned upon by the true
professionals in our industry. To determine whether the company
you are considering has a good reputation some good questions to
ask are these: How long have you been in business? How many
certified arborists do you have on staff? Can you provide
references? Do you own your own equipment, especially your
Another way to determine the reputation of a company is to check
out websites such as the BBB. The best way though is to talk to
your friends and neighbors – chances are they have stories to tell,
both good and bad! A company like Discount Tree Service who has
been in business for over 20 years and has worked for both
homeowners, businesses, and municipalities is most likely going to
provide quality tree service.
Employees- Ask how many employees a tree company has. Since
tree work is very dangerous, and takes special talent, it is critical
that the right guys are there to do the job right. Who wants an
amateur or unskilled laborer taking down a huge Oak tree over their
house? Not me! A good and reputable tree company should have at
least a few top climbers with over 2 years experience in large
removals. A company like Discount Tree Service has over 5 top tree
climbers with many years of experience in large removals and crane
removals, 2 certified arborists & 1 certified safety pro on staff – this
is what you want to look for.
Equipment- We all remember the old expression; "Perfection is not
an Accident"! Well, this is definitely true since tree work takes a
special talent. However, good equipment is absolutely necessary to
get the job done efficiently and safely. Make sure that a tree
company has equipment such as bucket & chipper trucks, chippers,
flatbeds, chainsaws, etc that are relatively newer and well
Location- How far a company is to your location may not seem very
important, but it is. A tree company estimator must figure in the cost
for travel time as a portion of the cost. If the company is close to
your residence, naturally the cost should be better since travel time
is less. A tree company located within 10-15 miles of your home is
probably sufficient. We all know fuel prices aren’t cheap these days!
Industry Standards- The tree care industry has OSHA and ANSI
standards to follow as guidelines for safety, general work
procedures, tree pruning, and more. Make sure that the tree service
you hire follows ANSI standard pruning. There are many tree men
that improperly prune trees and recommend poor tree maintenance.
There are many different tree species, and each tree responds
differently from a diverse set of tree pruning methods. Make sure a
certified arborist, or tenured professional provides their professional
opinion. Topping and cutting back trees too hard are examples of
improper tree care.
Accept all forms of payment-Be careful of who you hire. Some
tree cutters who drive by asking for your business most likely are not
insured, only accept cash, and are not professional. Many tree
companies will provide a free estimate. If you receive 3 or 4
estimates, they will range greatly. For example, you may receive a
low bid for $1,800 and a very high bid for $4,000. A few others will
be close and in between around $2,800 and $3,200 – these are
most likely the two companies you will want to highly consider. It is
not best to always go with the lowest bid for tree work, as there are
many factors as discussed in this article. Look closely at all bids and
ask questions! A company like Discount Tree Service accepts all
forms of payment including all credit cards.
Services offered- If you are a customer with a good amount of tree
work to be completed, make sure that you are hiring an actual tree
company. There are many ‘tree cutters’ out there, who do not have
the correct insurance for tree work. Be careful of who you hire,
especially for the larger and more dangerous trees. Most of the
professional and reputable tree companies provide services related
to tree or landscaping, such as emergency tree service, tree
removal, tree pruning, tree stump grinding, tree fertilizing, tree
planting, tree preservation, landscaping, grounds maintenance,
snow plowing, etc. Recycle wood & debris I can’t tell you how many
times I have received a phone call from a customer or municipality
saying – “Can you go give me a price to haul the debris that a
contractor left on the curb?”. Yes, a random tree cutter cut down a
tree and did not include hauling the wood and debris with their price
but did not tell the homeowner – that is why the price was so good!
Now the home owner has to deal with removing the debris because
the City or County will not pick up debris that a contractor leaves
behind. Make sure that hauling or leaving the wood & debris is
clearly and written on the proposal. A company like Discount Tree
Service specifies whether the debris will be hauled, and 100%
recycles all debris and product they collect from customers. This is
accomplished with a horizontal grinder that reduces all wood &
debris producing double shredded mulch and firewood in their
recycling yard.. It is also a great advantage for companies to
process their own debris because dumping fees are very expensive
and are another factor of increased pricing for tree work.
|LIGHT TRAVELS FASTER THAN SOUND. THIS IS WHY SOME
BRIGHT UNTIL YOU HEAR THEM SPEAK!!!!
|Bermuda Dunes Security Association Board of Directors
Thursday, June 22, 2017 (Open) Regular Session at 4:00 p.m.
Bermuda Dunes Country Club, 42-765 Adams St., Bermuda Dunes,
I. CALL TO ORDER
II. MAY 24, 2017 MEETING MINUTES
III. TREASURER’S REPORT OF JUNE 2017 FINANCIALS
IV. DIRECTOR OF SECURITY REPORTS
V. MANAGEMENT REPORTS
VI. COMMITTEE REPORTS
a. Security Committee
b. Joint Committee
c. Street Committee
d. Landscaping Committee
e. Emergency Preparedness Committee
f. Social/Communications Committee
g. Ad Hoc Cable Committee
h. Ad Hoc Governing Docs Committee
VII. LEIN AUTHORIZATIONS
VIII. CONTINUED BUSINESS
a. Fence Darby/Adams Bids
b. Gate Painting Project/Bids
c. M&M Drain Cleaning/Bid
IX. NEW BUSINESS
a. Frontier/Phones Proposal Security Office
b. Committees/Closed Session
X. HOMEOWNER OPEN FORUM
XI. NEXT MEETING
The Next BDSA Board of Directors Meeting will be held on July 27,
2017 @ 3PM. Time and place
to be determined.
The pet fencing is it still available. I am interested. I
can pick it up anytime this week if it is available.
79029 Bayside Court
Note from Mrs. B - Will the people who are giving
the fencing away, please call or email Kimberly.
|Miss Vanderlee, Shadow Hills ·
Call Coachella Vector Control (760) 342-8287 if they are Fire Ants
(sounds like it) they will treat for free. I have an apt on Monday for an
inspection and if needed a treatment at no cost, due to fire ants are
not indigenous and are an invasive species.
|Community Action Partnership
Keep Cool! Protect Your Health When It’s Hot!
County of Riverside Community Action Partnership is
coordinating Cool Centers to serve as drop-in sites for
vulnerable individuals, seniors, the disabled, and others in
need of temporary relief from the heat.
Hot Weather Tips:
Drink plenty of water. Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
Wear a wide-brimmed hat, or use an umbrella for
Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose clothing.
Slow down—rest in the shade or a cool place when
Never leave a child, elderly, disabled person, or
animal alone in a vehicle.
Keep shaded areas with fresh water for outdoor
Turn on your air conditioner.
Check on friends and neighbors who are elderly, have
medical conditions, or are at higher risk for problems
when it is very hot.
If you do not have an air conditioner, use a fan, make
sure your windows are open, and visit a cool center.
Take a cool shower or bath.
When it is hotter than 90,visit a friend that has air
conditioning in their home or acool place like a mall, a
library or a senior center.
You are also at risk if you have certain medical
conditions, take medication for high blood pressure, have
a mental health condition, have been using drugs or
alcohol, or have had a previous heat-related illness.
For Cool Center locations, hours and tips on how to
protect yourself from heat related illnesses, please call:
Summer Energy Crisis Hotlines
(888) 636-8676 / TTY or (951) 955-4900 or 2-1-1
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
EMERGENCIES CALL 911
|The Bradshaw Trail
The Gold Road to La Paz
Map of the Bradshaw Trail
The Bradshaw Trail, also known as the Gold Road to La Paz, is
located in California's southeastern Riverside County. The trail was
created in 1862 by William Bradshaw, and was the first trail that
crossed the Riverside County desert all the way to the Colorado
River. In 1863 it became a well-traveled overland stage route.
Originating in San Bernardino, the trail was used to haul miners and
other passengers to the gold fields at La Paz, Arizona (now
You can still explore about 70 miles of the Bradshaw Trail. The
county grades the route on occasion, but you'll need a
four-wheel-drive vehicle to negotiate stretches of soft desert sand.
The trail takes you through a rock hound's paradise and offers
spectacular views of the Chuckwalla Bench, Orocopia, Chuckwalla
and the Mule Mountains. Wildlife viewing, bird watching, rock
hounding, and hiking opportunities are plentiful along this road.
History of the Bradshaw Trail
Powell Weaver, a scout and a trapper, found gold at a place called
La Paz on January 12, 1862. William Bradshaw, a veteran of the
California gold rush, knew that Weaver's strike lay on the Arizona
side of the Colorado River, about 250 miles east of Los Angeles.
Bradshaw figured that gold prospectors would need a new direct
trail east from the Los Angeles area across the desert to reach
Weaver's strike. He also knew the kinds of opportunities that could
be found in a boom. In May of 1862, Bradshaw recruited eight men
to scout out the most direct route to La Paz. Indians provided
Bradshaw with a map showing an ancient Halchidoma Indian trade
route through the Colorado Desert.
Bradshaw followed a 180-mile long route that first took him and his
party southeastward to the northern end of the Salton Sink, a deep
desert basin (more than 200 feet below sea level) alternatively fed
and abandoned over the centuries by the wandering Colorado River.
The trail turned due east to the Orocopia Mountain foothills and to
Dos Palmas, where two springs supplied an abundance of good
water. Leaving Dos Palmas, the route filed eastward through the
pass between the Orocopia and Chocolate mountain ranges. It
skirted the southern end of the Chuckwalla range, then crossed
through a gap in the Mule Mountains. From there, it descended into
the welcome embrace of the Palo Verde Valley and the Colorado
Within months, Bradshaw saw the beginning of a classic boom. Gold
miners, freighters, stagecoach companies and travelers from the Los
Angeles area began using his trail and, inevitably, his expensive
ferry service to the new gold fields.
By 1870, the army of miners had already gleaned most of the
gold-bearing ore from the soil and stone of La Paz. They began to
leave, some with gold in their pockets, others with nothing but desert
sand, to pursue new dreams.
|THE BRADSHAW BROTHERS AND THE BRADSHAW TRAIL
By Kathy Block
Bradshaw City and its cemetery, and Isaac Bradshaw's grave,
have been discussed in several fine APCRP articles. They
touched on the history and lives of two intrepid men who
expanded a trail that became the Bradshaw Trail thru Southern
California. The brothers ran a ferry across the Colorado River.
One of them pushed on into the mountains of Arizona. Here is
more of the story of Isaac and William Bradshaw, true pioneers
of the late 1800s in Southern California and Arizona. I was able
to access original documents, later quoted by others, via a
vigorous internet search, adding interest and depth to their
William David Bradshaw was born in Tennessee around 1826,
but then lived in South Carolina. He may not have been
married. His tragic death on Dec. 2, 1864, in La Paz, Arizona,
will be discussed later.
His older brother, Isaac Bradshaw, was born in 1819 in North
Carolina. Isaac married Frances Burdette Combs on Aug.22,
1843, in Johnson County, Missouri. The 1860 Santa Rosa,
Sonoma County, California Census lists Isaac, age 41, as a
married white farmer; wife Francis B., age 34; and two
children, Maria age 13 and Francis age 9, both born in
Missouri. Isaac died of pneumonia on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24,
1885. Francis had applied for a homestead in Sonoma County
on May 14, 1866, and she (nicknamed Fannie) lived in Santa
Rosa, California by 1870 with her daughter and son-in-law,
John W. and Maria Bradshaw Combs. She outlived Isaac,
dying in Santa Rosa of ulceration of the stomach at age 70,
Oct. 14, 1894, and is buried in Santa Rosa. Isaac is buried in a
remote area of the Bradshaw Mountains near a riparian area
at Bradshaw Springs. The couple apparently had lived apart
for many years.
An original document: Reminiscences of a Ranger; or Early
Times in Southern California by Major Horace Bell, (1830-
1918) was written in 1881. Bell headed Chapter XXVII about
William Bradshaw with “Bradshaw-A True Gentleman and
Natural Lunatic”. Bell's description of William Bradshaw, often
quoted by later writers, is classically florid: “(Bradshaw) was
one of nature's most polished gentlemen and brightest jewel in
America's collection of true born chivalry. (He) was brave,
generous, eccentric, and in simple truth a natural lunatic. In
manly form and physical beauty, perfect; in muscular strength,
a giant; in fleetness of foot and endurance, unequaled.”
He began his account with “Bill” turning up in Sonoma in 1846.
He was 20 years old and working for Captain Salvador Vallejo,
Mexican Post Commander, building a picket fence. In an
argument over how the fence was being built, this “despotic
authority” hit Bradshaw with the flat of his “Toledo.” Bill struck
back with a redwood picket, knocked the captain down, seized
the sword, and pounded it into “pot-hooks” with his axe!
Bradshaw realized what he'd done, seized his rife, and hastily
headed for the Sacramento Valley, only to return when this
military post fell to the California “Bear Flag Party”, in 1846,
after the start of the U.S. Declaration of war against Mexico on
May 13, 1846. The commander, Vallejo, recognized Bradshaw
and supposedly said that “now I suppose I will be murdered,
finding this assassin in your force.” Bradshaw replied that an
American never strikes an enemy when he is down, shook
Vallejo's hand, and promised him his friendship.
In 1847, after many adventures, Bradshaw was in Los Angeles
as a Lieutenant in Fremont's Battalion. He was noted there for
his “wild freaks that astonished the Dons and won the hearts
of the Donas, among whom he was a universal favorite.”
Next, in 1851, he was involved in a French revolution at
Mokelumme Hill, an early mining site. A large French colony
there refused to pay a “foreign minter's tax” passed by the
State Legislature. The French miners defied the power of the
sheriff and then the State to collect this tax. Bradshaw
commanded a battalion of militia and avoided an armed battle
by approaching the French commander and proposing that if
blood was to be spilled, let the question be settled by single
combat between the two commanders. In the end, this led to
an amicable adjustment, the French rebels pulled down their tri-
color flag, and peace was made, especially when it was
explained the tax was to apply only to Chinamen. A note on the
treatment of the Chinese miners was that “the Chinamen, were
vigorously pursued and made to feel the full force of the law in
filling the pockets of the Collector and his legion of deputies,
for very little of the gold wrung from the non-resisting Mongols
found its way into either the county or State treasuries!”
William Bradshaw was called “Bunk” (from the fact he came
originally from Buncum County, South Carolina) and was,
according to Bell, one of the “most witty fellows to be found,
and wherever he stopped a crowd of eager listeners would
surround him, and roars of merriment would respond to his
well-turned points.” One example, while he was in San
Francisco, occurred at a dinner party. Someone passed a dish
of shrimps to him. He held the dish of shrimps in one hand and
said he'd never heard of a shrimp before, though he'd eaten
“snakes, feasted on lizards, and gormandized on
grasshoppers.” He took a large handful and ate until he
finished the whole dish, shells, claws and all.
When William joined the Sonoma garrison to enlist in August to
join the revolt, Isaac Bradshaw moved his family at that time to
California. But, after 1862, Isaac left his wife and children in
California to join his brother William in operating a ferry across
the Colorado. Before that time, though, news of Pauline
Weaver's discovery of gold at the Plomosa placer mines in La
Paz reached California, in 1861. William decided to explore the
gold fields for himself!
In the spring of 1862 William Bradshaw led a party of 8 men to
the Plomosa mines. He was determined to locate a shorter,
better route. The existing routes to Arizona required going a
great distance southeast to Yuma, crossing the river, and then
north up the river to La Paz. He and his party traveled an
existing trail thru San Gorgonio Pass to the Salton Sink. There,
several Cahuilla villages were located and he befriended a
Cahuilla Chief named Old Cabezon and a Maricopa Indian mail
runner from Arizona who was visiting. The two Native
Americans gave Bradshaw a map of ancient Halchidoma
Indian trade routes thru the desert, with the location of springs
and water holes, ending at the Colorado River near present
day Blythe, California.
The route developed into the Bradshaw Trail. It was originally
180 miles long and began east of San Bernardino in the San
Gorgonio Pass. It went southeast thru “Agua Caliente”, now
Palm Springs, then south to the region where the Cahuilla
Indians lived. Bradshaw traveled east near present day Mecca
at the northern tip of the Salton Sink, to the foothills of the
Orocopia Mountains, then to an existing stage stop called
“Dos Palmas Springs.” The trail continued east thru a pass
between the Orocopia and Chocolate Mountain ranges,
around the southern end of the Chuckwalla Range, crossed
thru a gap in the Mule Mountains, and reached the Palo Verde
valley two miles southwest of the present community of
Ripley. Water holes were found at roughly 30 mile intervals at
Canyon Springs, Tabaseca Tanks, Chuckwalla Springs, and
One traveler, named Marion Dickerson Fairchild, and a friend,
traveled this route in August 1862. They traveled 11 days and
still had 60 miles to go on the route that Fairchild described as
“the road” and “the beaten path.” They obtained “good water”
at Chuckwalla Springs. They were followed, a few weeks later,
by the first large group of miners. There were 150 well
equipped miners and they traveled the entire route without loss
of a man or animal. Pack trains and freight wagons began
using the trail as soon as it opened. In the middle of
September, 1862, the first stage line began. The stage
operated from Los Angeles to La Paz and was named “The
Colorado Stage and Express Line.” It was owned by David
Alexander. The “coach and six” trip took 4 to 5 days. For only
a few weeks the stage operated regularly, carrying passengers
for a $40 fare. The Concord coaches could carry 9 passengers
inside and 6 more on the roof! At times more people were
crowded on the stages. One carried 35 people, counting the
driver and “shotgun” rider. Ridership declined with the peak of
the gold rush, and in 1863 the stage was replaced with a mail
route from Los Angeles to La Paz, then north to Prescott, and
east to Santa Fe.
The trail veered northwest to a crossing of the Colorado River
north of what is now Blythe, California, and then on the Arizona
Territory side it went approximately 4 miles upstream to the
gold fields of La Paz. The trail became the main route between
Southern California and these gold fields of La Paz and other
places in western Arizona between 1862 and 1877. In Arizona,
it later roughly went east along the present route of Interstate
10, towards Wickenburg. Then, various trails went north into
the Bradshaw Mountains which are named after William
The Bradshaw Trail, as it came to be known, was an ambitious
enterprise for moving passengers and freight, because at least
half the route would be thru uncharted desert washes and
mountains. Water made the difference, as it was more
available compared to other routes thru the desert. Wells, such
as Wiley's Well, were developed when the distance between
springs was more than 35 miles. The route shortened the trip
to the gold fields by at least several days and soon became
recognized as the primary route to the gold fields, at La Paz.
Some of the travelers along the Bradshaw Trail were miners
and explored and prospected in areas mainly north of the trail
in California. One such effort may have been the Aztec Mines.
These mines are located several miles north of the Bradshaw
Trail in the Little Chuckwalla Mountains, not far from
Chuckwalla Spring. We found three male graves on a plateau
directly below ruins of mine buildings. These could have been
people who died near the trail or miners from the Aztec Mines.
The graves are a reminder of harsh conditions faced by the
early Bradshaw Trail travelers as they pushed eastward
When men and animals using the Bradshaw Trail reached the
Colorado River, they needed a safe way to cross. On
November 7, 1864, the first legislature in Arizona granted to
Isaac Bradshaw an exclusive ferry franchise on the Colorado
River “at any and every point between what was known as
Mineral City and a point five miles above La Paz.”
William Bradshaw and his brother Isaac Bradshaw and William
A. Warringer, owners, ran their ferry, from Providence Point,
on the California side to Olive City on the Arizona side. Olive
City was about 6 miles south of La Paz and was named for
Olive Oatman. Earlier ferries had been simple rafts of tulles
(bulrushes) rowed by Native Americans. Bradshaw's ferry was
a rude boat attached to a rope spanning the Colorado. The
boat could carry wagons and a limited number of animals, and
the current was the propelling power.
Here were the rates in 1862 for this ferry:
Wagon and 2 draft animals, $4.00. ($60 today)
Additional team of 2 draft animals, $1.00. ($15 today)
Carriage with 1 draft animal, $3.00. ($45 today)
One “beast of burden, $1.00.
One horse or mule with rider, $1.00.
One “footman” (meaning somebody walking), $0.50 ($7.50
Cattle and horses, per head, $0.50
Sheep, goat or hog per head. $0.25. ($3.75 today)
Ferry similar to ones used by the Bradshaw's.
1926 Ehrenberg Ferry on the Colorado River at Blyth,
Isaac and William Bradshaw operated their ferry together for
about a year. However, in 1863 William left to lead a group of
men into the range (which was later named Bradshaw
Mountains) in search of silver and gold ore, which had been
reported in the Weaver Mining District, at Rich Hill. He was
too late to stake a claim on Rich Hill, and headed on to Turkey
Creek. In the fall of 1863 William did strike gold and a new
mining district was named in his honor, and he helped
establish Bradshaw City. William Bradshaw, who was a heavy
drinker, returned to Olive City in late fall a year later, in an
attempt to “dry out”. He supposedly got a bad case of “delirium
tremens,” and while suffering “a particularly horrible
hallucination” slit his throat with a drawknife. He'd walked into
a carpenter's shop, picked up a drawknife, and with one stroke
“nearly severed his head from his shoulders.” He is buried in
“an unmarked grave near La Paz.” (I speculate whether he is
buried in the Ehrenberg Cemetery in one of the many unknown
graves. The historian, Major Horace Bell, commented about
his death: “Alas, poor Bradshaw! A better fellow never lived,
and we will now in charity draw the somber curtain of
forgetfulness over his unfortunate death, which occurred at
Bradshaw's ferry on the Colorado River.” Another historian,
Robert Stragnell, in “The History of La Paz” (E Clampus Vitus
Internet site, 1989) wrote: “The most potent character who
ever came to Arizona was John Barleycorn. Came early and
long survived and few were the men of that early day upon
whom he did not set his mark. It is not strange that men drank
and gambled almost universally in that time, for human
existence was as arid as surrounding nature, and it was far
more pleasant and practicable to irrigate the human system
with alcohol than to bring water to the land.”
There is some mystery about William Bradshaw's death. He
was financially secure and respected. He had been defeated
as a democratic candidate for Delegate to Congress by an
overwhelming plurality of 505 to 66, but his opponent was
Charles D. Posten. (Later Governor of Arizona.) A drawknife
would most logically be used by an attacker standing behind a
victim, but an unlikely tool for suicide. Generally, both handles
would need to be gripped and the blade drawn towards an
object. Bradshaw was very proficient with the use of firearms,
and they were a more commonly used suicide tool! Also, the
only known report was given by James Grant, who had a
grudge against Bradshaw, claiming that he (Grant) was the
first discoverer of the Bradshaw Trail route. No mention of the
death is reported in the December 1864 newspaper. The
probate of his estate filed in Yuma County listed his death
place as Bradshaw Ferry, Dec. 2, 1864. The original probate
papers are missing and no records of the contents and
disposition of his estate are in the probate record book.
After the tragic death of William Bradshaw, his brother Isaac
got “gold fever” and sold his interest in the ferry in 1867. He
left his wife and children (who may have been living in
California) and tried prospecting in various areas. He became
a partner in a copper mining operation, but sold his interest in
the Copper Basin property and went to the southern Bradshaw’
s. He wasn't very successful, but made enough “to keep him in
beans and bacon.” He died of pneumonia Christmas Eve in
1885 at his claim in a gulch near Castle Creek, where he is
buried, as mentioned earlier in this article.
The ferries over the Colorado River between Blythe and La
Paz were finally replaced by a bridge, built in 1928. Photos in
the State Archives show a crude span, two lane, with a dirt
road leading to it. Now, a modern freeway bridge (I-10)
crosses at this point, from just south of Ehrenberg, Arizona to
In summary, this article focused on the accomplishments of
Isaac and William Bradshaw and their pioneering efforts to
establish the Bradshaw trail to bring miners and adventurers to
the new Territory of Arizona. Their ferry enabled easier travel
across the Colorado River. Their further adventures to the
north and east in Arizona have been described in other
APCRP articles. Their name lives on in Arizona with the
Bradshaw Mountains and Bradshaw City. In California,
remains of the historic Bradshaw Trail provide backcountry
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|Things to do Before Buying a House
Buying a house is only the first of many new adventures. A
house represents opportunity, ownership, growth, and
Whether you plan to stay for a few years, or until your children
leave the nest, buying a house should be an exciting milestone
in your life. But such an endeavor can be easily tarnished by a
number of things, including lack of preparation. Here are five
things to do before you start looking for a house.
Check your Credit
We’ve grown up hearing about the necessity of credit in large
purchases, but to first time home-owners, this can still be a
foreign concept. The score that you need to buy a house
depends on the loan you are buying the house with.
Creditsesame.com states that with Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac,
the minimum credit score accepted is 620. However, FHA loans
accept credit scores as low as 580. Check your credit score
early in your search for a home, because damaged credit will
bring down your ability to get a loan and to buy your dream
home. If your credit score is not where it needs to be, it's not
forever, you can improve your credit score.
Get Preapproved for a Loan
Preapproval for a loan can be extremely helpful to you, your
agent, and the seller of the home you are looking at.
Preapproval for a loan is when the bank takes all of your
finances into account--debt, assets, income--and tells you the
mortgage amount you can afford. Some banks will allow you to
do this on their website, but you can also visit your bank in
person. The latter may be a better option for first time buyers,
so that you are able to ask real-time questions about any areas
of confusion. Visiting in person may also be a good time to
review your credit, which will play a role in whether or not you
can get preapproved for a loan.
Agree on What you Want
Sit down with your spouse, parents, roommate, or whoever you
may be buying a house with, and discuss what you are looking
for. Looking for a house will become a lot less arduous if you
are both on the same page about what you want. Remember: it
is highly unlikely that you will get everything that you are
looking for, so keep an open mind. Getting a large front yard
will sometimes mean sacrificing office space, or a smaller
garage for a basement, etc.
Secure Plans for your Current House
Because you don't want to end up paying two mortgages, it is
important to have an idea or at least a plan for your current
residence. With the help of your agent or a real estate agency,
put your current house up on the market around the same time
you begin to look. In many metropolitan and suburban areas,
competition is steep, and you may find your current house
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be ideal to move at the same time that your lease agreement is
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And then the fun part begins! Search for the house you can
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|California - The Golden State
The Golden State
September 9, 1850 (31st)
Origin of State's Name:
Named by the Spanish after Califia, a mythical paradise in a
Spanish romance written by Montalvo in 1510.
Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Long Beach
Arizona, Nevada, Oregon
155,973 sq. mi.; 3rd largest
California Valley Quail
Golden Poppy (eschscholtzia californica)
California redwood (sequoia sempervirens)
I Love You, California
Nicknamed the "Golden State," California is the third largest
state in area after Alaska and Texas. The discovery of gold and
the immigration in 1849 of thousands of "forty-niners" in search
of the precious metal helped California's admission into the
Union in 1850. Today, California, land of the giant redwoods,
has the highest population of any state in the nation and is
America's principal agricultural state. It is also the home of
Hollywood, the center of America's movie and television
industry. Its capital is Sacramento and the state flower is the
Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara
Have you ever been to a real, authentic fiesta? Every year in
August, the city of Santa Barbara celebrates its Mexican roots
with the Old Spanish Days Fiesta. This community festival, first
held in 1924, celebrates the Rancho Period (1830-1865) of
Santa Barbara's history. This period spanned the time when
Santa Barbara was under both Mexican (1822-1848) and
American rule (1848+). At the time, Santa Barbara was a
remote rural area under the influence of Spanish, Mexican, and
local Chumash Indian cultures.
The name "rancho" refers to the cattle ranches (ranchos) that
were established when the Mexican governor distributed large
areas of California land to people of influence. The rancheros
(ranch owners) might hire as many as 100 workers to work on
the ranchos. Usually the workers were Chumash Indians who
had been trained at the Catholic missions. The Indians worked
as vaqueros, usually with a foreman called a mayordomo
(pronounced my-or-DOE-moe). Others worked as harness
makers, tanners and carpenters.
Santa Barbara celebrates the traditions of the California
Rancho Period at the Old Spanish Days Fiesta with music and
dancing, open-air marketplaces with traditional
California-Mexican foods, flower girls who hand out hundreds
of flowers, and four days of rodeo events.
California Strawberry Festival
Have you ever tried a strawberry pizza? If you went to Oxnard,
the "Strawberry Capital of California," in May, you could!
Oxnard is in Southern California and this part of the state takes
its strawberries very seriously. At the two-day California
Strawberry Festival you can sample strawberries prepared in
all sorts of ways. In addition to traditional treats such as
strawberry shortcake, strawberry jam, strawberry tarts and
strawberries dipped in chocolate, there is strawberry pizza!
This dessert pizza is topped with strawberries, sour cream,
cream cheese and whipped cream on a sweet bread baked like
a pizza. Strawberry kabobs dipped in powdered sugar are
another delicacy. And drinks such as a strawberry smoothie
can wash it all down.
Strawberries are big business in Oxnard. The annual
strawberry revenues are $100 million from Oxnard's bountiful
6,600 berry acres. Twenty-four companies harvest and cool
nearly 16 million trays of berries, which are shipped throughout
North America as well as to Germany and Japan. The festival,
which attracts more than 85,000 visitors, features three stages
with musical entertainment, 335 arts and crafts exhibits,
strolling musicians, clowns, artists, face-painting, contests, and
a "Strawberryland" for children with puppets, magicians,
musicians, and a petting zoo.
"Commemorating the ageless quest for the perfect wave," the
Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum archives
materials relating to surfing as both a sport and a lifestyle,
including music, art, clothing, and film. With its eight miles of
beaches and several major surfing competitions, including the
OP Surf Tournament every August, Huntington Beach is a
natural for a museum dedicated to surfing. Its local high school
even boasts surfing as a varsity sport. The town, known as
"Surf City" because of its consistent surf, has been
immortalized in the song of the same name by resident Dean
Torrance of "Jan & Dean" fame.
Resembling a surfer's dream attic, the museum is a suitably
laid-back tribute to the sport's pioneers and the California
beach culture that is a worldwide export. Founded by real
estate agent Natalie Kotsch in 1989, this tiny 2,000-square-foot
museum is the only one in the world officially accredited by the
International Surfing Association. The collections include
materials on the evolution of the surfboard and the spin-off
sports of skateboarding, snowboarding, and windsurfing. The
Museum currently has an exhibit of surfing music, and on
Sunday afternoons from 1 to 3 has live surfing music in its
outdoors "Black Bottom Room," aka "the parking lot." Included
among the Museum's exhibits have been Women in Surfing -
1920-1980; Evolution of the Skateboard; Hole in the Wall Gang
- Circa 1960; Endless Summer - Bruce Brown, Robert August;
and History of Surf Lifesaving.
Project materials include a history of the International Surfing
Museum, a photograph, a newspaper article, a flyer, a
membership brochure, and copies of Shorebreak, the
Historic Walk of Los Pobladores
Each year over the Labor Day Weekend, the cities of San
Gabriel and Los Angeles shared history and culture come alive
through the "Los Pobladores Historic Walk to Los Angeles."
The Walk is a historic reenactment of the 1781 nine-mile walk
of the original Spanish settlers ( Los Pobladores) from San
Gabriel Mission to present-day Los Angeles (El Pueblo de la
Reina de Los Angeles - the City of the Queen of Angels), which
they founded 218 years ago. The tradition of the walk was
begun in 1981 by T. Willard Hunter, a Claremont, California,
columnist and administrator, and descendants of the original
founders of the city, who had organized themselves on the
200th anniversary of the founding of Los Angeles in 1981 to
become Los Pobladores 200.
Following three-days of festivities celebrating the founding of
the San Gabriel Mission in 1771, the Walk is the kickoff
ceremony which begins Los Angeles' birthday celebration and
honors San Gabriel's place in history as the "Birthplace of the
Los Angeles Region." The nine-mile walk begins at 6:00 a.m.
and takes approximately three hours to complete. At the end of
their nine-mile trek, walkers are greeted with a warm Los
Angeles welcome and enjoy dramatic presentations and other
activities at the Plaza of Los Angeles. Over the years,
participation has grown to include local, district and state
officials, dignitaries, history and culture lovers, and people from
all walks of life, ethnicities, and backgrounds.
Included in the project is a seven-page report; 13 color
snapshots with descriptions; a press release; newspaper
articles; City of San Gabriel information materials; four flyers, a
"certificate of participation" for walkers, and a map of the walk
San Bruno Posy Parade
The flower-decked floats and entries in this children's parade
were judged on how they best represented the theme chosen
for that year. The oldest children's parade in the United States,
it was first held in 1941 as a "festival of flowers" dedicated to
children. Patterned after the famous Tournament of Roses
Parade in Pasadena, this parade was advertised as "The
Tournament of Posies Parade." Eighty children marched in the
first parade. Any child could enter and march as long as flowers
predominated in the decoration of their tricycles, buggies, pets,
etc. The paraders were grouped into "divisions." Division 1
included wagons, wheelbarrows, or carts that were pushed or
pulled. Division 2 was tricycles, scooters, non-motorized
"autos," velocipedes or wheeled toys, excluding bicycles.
Division 3 was for doll or baby carriages. Division 4 was for
"unique or original ideas." Division 5 was only for bicycles, and
Division 6 was floats from children's organizations. No
motorized vehicles were permitted. Beginning in 1944, a San
Bruno schoolgirl was selected as Parade Princess,
accompanied by a "court" of other young girls, all dressed in
finery and flowers. In 1945, the Posy Parade Ball was
inaugurated as a fund-raiser.
In 1989, the 49th Posy Parade became the focal point of San
Bruno 75th anniversary. But in 1991, a seemingly innocuous
change in the parade's divisions significantly altered the look
and success of future parades. Division 1 became "Baseball,"
and later simply "Sports" (teams). Teams are allowed to march
without any kind of floral decoration, so, by the end of the
decade, the parade had deteriorated into dozens of sports
teams, marching in uniform. By 1999, there were only three
decorated carriage/buggy entries and only two cart/wagon
entries. Other factors have also contributed to the Parade's
decline: the urbanization of San Bruno, once a primarily rural
community; working mothers with less time to devote to such a
social event; the continued decline in support of local
businesses. The parade was carried on in the 1990s: a
princess and her court are still selected; the mayor still rides in
a snorkel fire truck, a few bands march, as do the ubiquitous
sports teams. But the parade does not have the flair nor the
crowds of days gone by. Still, it is the city's unique claim to
fame, and it is hoped that the tradition will survive.
Included in the project documentation are a 21-page history of
the event, photos of the Parade with accompanying
descriptions, a roster of the Posy Parade Princesses, Posy
Parade ephemera (copies of newspaper articles, flyers,
promotional materials), and a videotape of Posy Parade
highlights (1963, 1997, 1998, and 1999).
If your are considering relocating to California, this California
Relocation Guide will give you essential information on
Schools, Voting, Drivers License,real estate, etc.
|“California, still a magical vanity fair.”
― Eileen Granfors
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