Thursday, July 19, 2007

Don't Call it Concord, Call it by its Real Name

"In 1869 Salvio Pacheco, Fernando Pacheco, and Francisco Galino laid out the town of Concord, plotting lots and streets. The donor of the lan suggested the name Todos Santos (All Saints). Tis is the name by which the town was recorded. The Americans dubbed it Drunken Indian, but the public finally gave it the name it now bears" History of Contra Costa County; Historic Record Co., Los Angeles 1926

"In the naming of the new town there was a variety of disputation. At first the Spanish population and donors of the land wanted it to be named Todos Santos (All Saints), by which the name was recorded. The Americans had dubbed it Drunken Indian, with that genius that the early pioneers displayed for the science of nomenclature. But it was finally left to the public to give it the name of Concord, by which it is officially known" - The history of Contra Costa County, p. 110, , edited by F.J. Hulaski Berkeley 1917

"In the naming of the new town, there was much variety of disputation. To bgin with, the spanish ppulation and the donors of the land wanted it to be named Todos Santos (All Saint) by which name it is recorded; The Americans had dubbed it Drunken Indian; but it was left for the Contra Costa Gazette to give it the name of Concord, by which it is now known, habitually if not officially" History of Contra Costa County , W. A. Slocum 1882

"The Spanish people in the town called it Todos Santos (All Saints), but the Americans called it Drunken Indian. The Contra Costa Gazette wrote of it as Concord and the name stuc" Wilma Cheatham, The Story of Contra Costa County for Boys and Girls , 1942

"The name of the new town was officially recorded as Todos Santos, All Saints
Not long after the Americans began to settle in Todos Santos, they found an Indian living nearby who, being addicted to fire water, resorted to many wiley schemes to obtain free drinks. Anglo Saxon settlers finding more or less difficulty in mastering the combination of hard consanants and soft rolling vowels of Spanish Todos Santos, decided to call the new town "Drunken Indian" and for a time it appeared as though the name would stick. The aristocratic Pachecos were all but overcome with consternation.
Better judgement prevailed and it appeared before long that a name with more dignity than was expressed by Drunken Indian would have to be adopted. The credit for the name of Concord, some authorities claim, belongs to the editor of the pioneer newspaper, the Contra Costa Gazette" Purcell, History of Contra Costa County, Berkelely 1940, p 707,8
Oakland Tribune Aug 11, 1976 p. 14 "But anglos found the phrase (Todos Santos) a tongue twister and dubbed the town 'Drunken Indian'"

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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Ygnacio Valley

Ygnacio Valley Road looking east from Civic Drive in 1962. As well, Iron Horse railroad cossing is evident, is now an overhaed bridge. This pic was lifted from "Walnut Creek : A Look Back", by Brad Rovanpera, but as well, it is stated this is from the collection of the Contra Costa County Historical Society. Verily, this brings into play a huge discussion on the morals of stealing photos, intellectual property, and the like. I've never claimed to be moral, but that doesn't absolve this act. On the Contra Costa Times message board, there is currently a raging discussion as to property rights when it comes to history. As well, as I sit here in the sweltering heat, are there not instances when governmental agencies or other entities can claim seizing of property when owner is not using property? Do squatter's rights play into this? Such as, if intellectual property is in use for seven years, and there is no objection to the property owner, then who can claim ownership? It's all very convoluted.

But back to history, that's why we're here. I love this photo! To all that don't know where this is, currently John Muir Hospital sits atop that hill, but in this pic, that's a road to goes out to nowhere, into this vast undeveloped wilderness and space. Dinners, 39 cents, gotta love it. But here's a take, you have to love contra Costa with all of it's designated open space. In areas of California where there is no open space, where every square inch is developed and littered with quicky marts and 99 cent shops that may increase the tax base, such development does nothing to the spiritual benefit of its inhabitants. These areas of open space in Contra Costa provide a haven for the tree watchers and those that like to feel the wind in their hair, lay down in the grass, swing your arms around and not hit anybody. Try it yourself. Go to Lime Ridge around noon and swing around, and then throw yourself into downtown district of San Francisco and see where you get beaten. Developers try to squeeze every nickel out of land, and it's quite evident. There are now housing developments where housing units share walls, where having a yard is a bad thing, where watching the miracle of the life process of a tomato plant, its sprouting, growing, flowering, fruiting, and, subsequently, its passing, are inherently evil and a waste of space. People are living, working, and breathing in such cramped quarters, our freeways are conjested to the point where we attempt to break the laws of physics by having more than one object/ person occupy the same space at the same time. With all of this maddening congestion and confusion, proponents of popular psychology consider that Road Rage is a curious phenomenon.