Historic California People

Mural at Louis Market, Los Angeles, California by Chuy Vasquez

Mural at Louis Market, Los Angeles, California by Chuy Vasquez


John Hicks Adams – Sheriff and U.S. Deputy Marshal

Pete Aguereberry

Pete Aguereberry

Pete Aguereberry – Mining Death Valley

Cyrus Alexander – Trapper and California Pioneer

Bum Blockade – Stopping the Depression Refugees

Charles “Black Bart” Bowles – Poet Outlaw

Francis Branch – Trader & Pioneer

William F. “Alkali Bill” Brong & the Death Valley Chug Line

Cahuilla Tribe

California Vigilantes

Chattel Hood to Freedom – Black Pioneers of California

The Chilean Crusade for El Dorado

Chumash Indians

Patsy Clark – Mining Magnate

William T. Coleman – Shipping to Borax

James Dayton – Death Valley Swamper

Coming of the Argonauts

Death Valley Scotty

Death Valley Scotty

Wyatt Earp – Frontier Lawman

The Elusive Zodiac Killer

Esselen Tribe

Flores-Daniel Gang

Harlots of the Barbary Coast

George Hearst – Father of a Mining & Publishing Empire

Dr. Thomas J. Hodges – California Outlaw

Albert Johnson – Owner of Scotty’s Castle

The Lost ’49ers

The Kidnapping of Frank Sinatra, Jr.

Kintpuash, aka: Captain Jack – Modoc Warrior

James Marshall – Discovering Gold in California

Surrender of the Modoc Indians, 1873, Frank Leslies Illustrated Newspaper

Surrender of the Modoc Indians, 1873, Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper

The Modoc – Fighting in the Lava Beds

The Modoc War

Joaquin Murrieta – Patriot or Desperado?

Arthur Kunze – Founder of Greenwater

Ohlone/Costanoan Tribe

Outlaw Roy Gardner’s Loot

Salinan People

Scarface Charley – Celebrated Modoc Warrior

Walter Scott, Better Known as Death Valley Scotty

Shasta Tribe

Sontag Brothers – Outlaw Train Robbers

Francis “Borax” Marion Smith – The Borax King of Death Valley

Levi Strauss – King of the Blue Jeans

John A. Sutter – Boom & Bust in California

Sutter’s Own Story- Discovery of Gold

Tiburcio Vasquez

Tiburcio Vasquez

Tiburcio Vasquez – California Desperado

Stephen Venard – Goldrush Lawman

Vigilante Committees of San Francisco

Vigilantes of California, Idaho, & Montana

Women on the Move: Overland Journeys to California

Christian “Chris” Brevoort Zabriskie

By Kathy Weiser-Alexander, updated May 2021.

Also See:

California Ghost Towns & Mining Camps

California – The Golden State

California Photo Galleries

Historic People of America