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April 3, 1863: San Joaquin Plain

April 3, 2013

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Marsh Creek Road; by Tom Hilton, on Flickr


[Today] we were off in good season. I rode the horse and Gabb rode my mule, Kate. The horse was inclined to show his Californian nativity when first mounted, but he soon cooled down. It was cloudy. We passed over the low pass at Mount Diablo and struck down the canyon east. It began to rain. There were no houses to stop at, so we kept on and soon got beyond the rain. We struck out on the great San Joaquin plain, stopping at “Dutch Fred’s,” a shanty in a grove of oaks, dignified by the title of “Public House.”

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  1. April 3, 2013 7:37 pm

    Was Dutch Fred’s Public House perhaps somewhere near Mountain House? I love driving old Mountain House Road on a lazy spring afternoon…

  2. William H. Brewer permalink*
    April 3, 2013 8:41 pm

    I have tried to pin down a location for Dutch Fred’s, without any luck…but based on the geography I would have to guess it’s close to Mountain House Road, probably somewhat north of Mountain House.

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