Follow the story of a pair of twin northern California towns as they grow and modernize from the founding of Eden's Prairie in 1851, the booms and busts through the years. and The Great...
I totally forgot about this part in my update yesterday.
Mount Grace, California - 1937
Since Mount Rose Mayor Kenny Miller was kicking butt building new universities and getting rich people to move to his side of the river, Mayor Mike Miller of Mount Grace decided to take action.
The Mount Grace you know and love
In the summer of 1937 he instituted his plan he called RUM - or Rapid Urbanization Movement. It was a huge success, turning Mount Grace into a booming urban center overnight.
Clint Webb's ranch was taken over
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot
Skyscrapers shot up overnight
People had no idea what they were building, but they did it anyway
And extensive El-rail network was built for the town's 2,000 residents
What the El?
Even though people were losing their homes from the depression, luxury condos were built on the banks of the river.
If you build it, they will come?
And an even better invention than RUM was In-N-Out Burger! The new chain was built on the promise of fresh, never frozen beef from local suppliers. In this case, it was Ian Martin's ranch in its back yard....fresh indeed...
The world's most efficient fast food restaurant
And so that's the story of how Mount Grace became a modern town. Overnight.
Since that's the entire story, I have nothing more to say, and this CJ is over. Thank you all for following along all this time. Watch for my next project soon. Bye guys!
Ok, so most of you saw through that. I'll have a real update later
Blackie's Harbor - 1937
During the Great Depression, many newly jobless people turned to other professions. Captain Black's fishing port saw an increasing number of people relocating to the area to try their hand at fishing - or at least catching food for the day.
Triple Rock Lake and Blackie's Bay
In addition to new fishermen, the area boomed with shopping, entertainment, and other things to distract people from how poor they were.
Here is the expanded fishing
The new showboat Jillabella would take people on a magical journey back in time to the roaring couple-years-ago-when-they-had-money.
For 10 cents, children could imagine they were wild west cowboys on the Carousel. It made almost zero money during the 1930s.
Better to have horsies circling than vultures
The Carousel and Jillabella at night
Baby when the lights...go out..
She sure is perty all lit up. Reminds me of the Titanic before it...actually let's not talk about that...
Every single word cannot express...the love and tenderness...
People were so poor they fished all night too
It was a good time to be a fisherman, and a bad time to be a fish. Also a bad time to be a president, a bad time to be a stockbroker, factory worker, farmer, banker, salesman...err...just about anything, really.
Eden Valley, California - 1937
For simplifying purposes, the area around the towns of Mount Rose and Mount Grace began to be referred to as Eden Valley.
There wasn't much growth in the area during the depression. Roosevelt's New Deal acts passed, but did little to bring the nation out of the Great Depression. Even the well-off towns of Mount Rose and Mount Grace began to feel its effects. Brady's Mine was profitable, but stopped expanding. Miller's Mill no longer produced the lumber it used to. Factories were planned for the area, but their construction was delayed. It seemed nothing was going well.
Miller University became a beacon of home in the troubling times. The well educated citizens of the area knew the best way to get ahead was to educated.
The original campus
The first dormatories were built next to the main buildings to house the influx of new students.
Getting drunk in dorms before it was popular
The campus also added another dozen buildings. The college was on its way to becoming a powerful institution.
The Maxis University? Seriously, Jill, ever heard of the STEX?
On nearby Pepper Ridge, several new wealthy familes moved in.
The long and winding road...
At the top of the hill were bankers John Finnegan and Arthur Hornsby. Their unspectacular houses provided a misleading introduction the the wealthy neighborhood that was similar to Finnegan's banking philosophy: Under-promise, and over-deliver.
Arthur often visited Kenneth's house next door to help with his hedge funds
Look at how horrible his hedgerow looks...
Further down the road were actresses Nicole Rowse (green roof) and Lily Wolff (yellow house).
Finally, at the end of the road was future factory owner Dylan Vanderhyde (lower right) and wealthy cafe owner Phil (top)...who apparently was wealthy enough to get a 1956 Corvette in 1937...
Here is the entire Pepper Ridge neighborhood from the south.
Mt Grace, California - 1935
Click for full resolution!!!!!!!!
The year is 1935 and the nation is still under the grip on the Great Depression. Although the area wasn't hit as hard as other parts of the US, Mount Grace and Mount Rose certainly felt its effects. One thing that kept the towns from desolation and abandonment was Brady's Mine.
Copper was discovered along the cliffs of the ridge to the east of town, and the area was renamed Copper Basin. Copper was highly valued for use in electric wires, and more importantly, for pennies...which was the daily wage of many workers around the country.
The mine offered employment to many in the town, and many more from outside the town...spurring growth in a time of withering possibilities.
Dozens of shafts were drilled to allow the maximum amount of safety possible for the miners.
Vertical shafts are the best...
Since it was always dark in the mine, the foremen could keep miners working around the clock since they didn't know it was dark outside
The mine even had its own gas station!
Overview of Brady's Mine
Some of those that couldn't find work decided to try to live off the land. Raul Valens climbed up Mt. Rose and discovered Lake Corazon.
Although the Pomo knew about it for centuries, it was brand new to the residents of Mount Rose.
Good fishing...if you want to climb a couple thousand feet
Also in 1935, the area received the first and possibly most famous of it's residents.
The Great Depression affected not only the US, but countries around the world as well. At the time, Princess Jillian of the Constitutional Monarchy of British Columbia was 3rd in line for the throne. Rather than bide her time in waiting, she decided to move to Hollywood
Any similarities to Ingrid Bergman are purely coincidental
While there she fell in love with a young movie star named Nicolas Wilson
Ditto for Clark Gable...
She'd had enough of royalty and he'd had enough of Hollywood. They searched for houses near LA and San Francisco, but didn't find anything they liked. They found Mount Grace completely by accident, but became fast friends with the Miller brothers. They quickly decided that the area was perfect for them; close enough to Hollywood to stay in touch, but far enough away that people wouldn't bother them.
Their chosen location to build their house was a ridge extending from Mt. Rose near Miller University called Pepper Ridge, named after the popular pepper farm tended by Paul Parker and his wife Patty.
Paul Parker pooh-poohed at panthers persistently picking off prized pigs, so Paul and his partner Patty planted peppers, and picked and pickled them patiently. Picking peppers prepped the pair to be paranoid about people passing posts proclaiming their property. The princess appeared to be a property procuring punk to the pepper picking pair, but she promoted the pastel pumpkin pie puree she had prepared platonically to the Parkers. The princess procured the pristine property by proper protocol, and promptly picked the peppers and planted her pansies (perennials) and patiently planned her palace.
Her new home, although extravagant, employed dozens of area builders and craftsmen. Soon the mansion was finished and the famous couple moved in.
Peculiar placement for a palace...
The huge mansion wasn't enough for Princess Jillian. She needed something that reminded her of home, and commissioned an enormous garden in the valley below the cliffs.
She promised that it would be a public park, so the city allowed her to build it.
The cost was huge, but employed dozens more for many more months, and provided a beautiful public park with spectacular views from Jillian's home.
The number of people employed to build Jillian's house made Kenny Miller think. He hadn't been living at the home he grew up in because it was on the south side of the river. He needed a place of his own, and his wealth allowed him to create a similar project for himself.
Having the two houses near each other unknowingly created a new neighborhood that would attract future wealthy residents and their enormous houses.
You can smell the elitism from here
Mount Rose and Mount Grace, California - 1927
As with all other cities in the world, Mount Rose and Mount Grace did not live in a microcosm and were heavily influenced by other nearby cities - as shown by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and now the 1927 Beebs River Dam Project.
Although it was many miles downstream, officials warned that the backup of the Walsh River would flood the two towns. Evacuations near the waterfront were prepared, and when the day came....nothing happened...at first.
That's because no one was near Triple Rock Lake that day. If they had, they would have seen the water swell and spill over its shores, before receding and redefining the lake's boundaries.
That wasn't there before...
More importantly, the water spilled over and washed away a barrier that was preventing the lake's connection to the Beebs river to the south.
The new water connection and increased lakeshore meant people began to take notice, and within a year, Captain Black's Fishing Co. opened for business.
This was the spot
Pretend these boats are older...
Dozens of people began driving to Blackie's (as it came to be known) to get fresh fish every day - which meant, of course, that the automobile was hugely responsible for his success, and warranted the paving of the road to the shore.
Directly up the road from Blackie's was Miller's Mill and the small community of Milldale composed almost entirely of mill employees.
The road to Milldale
And directly north of the river on the Mount Rose side, Kenneth Miller had just opened the area's first institution of higher learning: Miller College.
First degree: underwater basket weaving
Dozens of students enrolled the very first year, and plans were made to expand immediately.
The college also meant more infrastructure had to be made. A bridge was built specifically to spur growth near the college.
All this was possible because the town was growing. A lot. Jean-Pierre Michaud had to vastly increase his wine production, now that it was a huge hit in the newly rebuilt and rapidly growing city of San Francisco.
The old part
The expanded field
Specialty grapes for the REALLY expensive bottles
Of course, since Michaud was expanding on the south side, Wolfgang von Wolfhausen had to expand his beer production on the north side.
To help him was a new neighborhood of Mount Rose called Little Germany.
During World War I, Germans in the US were put into internment camps, and a wave of anti-German activity swept the nation. Fortunately, many were able to seek refuge in Mount Rose. The town didn't seem to mind, probably because they were all drunk of Wolfhausen's beer.
Little Germany grew rapidly, and boasted the highest pub rate per capita...15 beer halls in 9 different buildings.
This boom of authentic Germans allowed Wolfhausen to expand beer production, while keeping his beer the highest quality possible, and allowed him to get away with calling it a "German Beer" even though it was made in California. After all, if it's made just like it was in Germany only by Germans...it shouldn't matter what country it's brewed in...right? No one knows because everyone was too drunk to argue...
Mt. Rose and Mt. Grace, California 1922
Eden's Prairie is no more. After the great schism between the brothers, the town was divided along the already existing physical, mental, and ideological border: the Walsh River.
A non-idealogical bridge over the Walsh River
The existing town on the north side of the river was now called Mount Rose, California - named after the mountain to the north of the town that was recently renamed after Kenneth and Theresa's newborn daughter Rose Miller.
Although Mt. Rose was growing rapidly in a few areas, it was still mainly comprised of the shoddy and combustable frontier buildings that had been around since the founding of Eden's Prairie.
Imagine lots of old timey cars on the streets, because they aren't on the STEX
The town on the south side of the river was renamed Mount Grace, which very similarly to Mount Rose, was named after the mountain to the south of the town that was recently renamed after Michael and Bridget's newborn daughter Grace Miller.
Since Mount Grace hadn't actually become very large by the time of the brick building mandate, the town had very few old buildings to replace, and was able to modernize quickly. Here is the same intersection just a few years apart.
Inter-city feud escalates
In a prime example of the feuding between towns, the first car retailer was on the south side in Mount Grace, but the first gas station was a Texaco on the north side in Mount Rose.
A gas station with no customers
But because of the feud, north siders couldn't buy cars from the south side, and south siders couldn't use the gas station on the north side.
The dispute was eventually solved by the brother mayors in a game of "rock-paper-scissors", followed by a game of "loud argument", followed by a game of "punch-each-other-in-the-face".
Yeah, it was going to be a long decade....
Eden's Prairie, California, 1913
Northern California was rocked by a powerful earthquake at 5:12 am on April 18, 1906.
Fires burned for days and San Francisco was almost completely wiped out.
Millions of people were homeless, and sought refuge in other nearby cities...like Eden's Prairie.
Comeplete devastation - Click for full size
Most residents on the north side of Eden's Prairie - in a move completely out of their nature - were completely unreceptive to the refugees. Many older and more senile residents were still reeling from the great fires of 1899 and 1900, in which 3 1/4 city blocks were burned and the massive death toll of 13 1/2 chickens was still being recuperated (poor clucky has never been the same).
Former site of Fort Pegasus
The south side, however, was a different story. They were used to having no place to go, since many north sider businesses didn't allow them as patrons. They overwhelmingly supported taking refugees from San Francisco.
The Miller brothers were also split on the decision. Kenneth sided with the north siders and didn't want the extra burden on resources and infrastructure. Michael Thought the extra people would provide the city with a much needed boost to business. Neither thought of the repercussions of their respective decisions. Kenneth didn't realize turning everyone away would make the town look cold and uncaring to people in need. Michael didn't realize that inviting everyone in wouldn't be good for business because the refugees were poor and had just lost everything they owned in the earthquake.
After much debate the brothers reached a compromise. Refugees would be allowed to live in the town south of the river, and allowed only to work or shop on the north side, but would not be able to live there.
Little did they know that welcoming new residents would change the face of the town forever.
Bridget and Theresa Bradshaw
Bridget and Theresa Bradshaw were two very beautiful, very wealthy, and very homeless former residents of San Francisco. Upon arriving in Eden's Prairie, the sisters were disgusted by what seemed to be a lack of class. Most of the roads were dirt, most of the buildings were old, and the smell of horse poo was EVERYWHERE! Their minds were changed almost immediately when they walked through the doors of Phil's Cafe.
The original Phil's Cafe
They took a table near two well dressed important looking young gentlemen and struck up a conversation. As fate would have it, the men turned out to be Michael and Kenneth Miller. The quartet hit it off immediately, and became a pair of couples soon thereafter. Bridget and Michael liked to drink Michaud's wine and visit their rancher friends on the south side, while Kenneth and Theresa liked to drink Wolfhausen's beer and visit their farmer friends on the north side.
South Side ranches
North side farms
Their main source of fun, however, was the lake.
Triple Rock Lake had long been known to the Pomo tribe nearby, but it was relatively untouched by settlers from Eden's Prairie. The idylic water and serene wilderness was the perfect retreat for the pairs of lovers. Plus it was right downstream on Eagle Creek from their mansion.
You can almost hear the silence
It was in this spot that after seven years of friendship and courtship, that the two sets of brothers and sisters would fight. It would be a larger fight than the Battle of Eagle Creek. It would be larger than the Great O'Leary's Barfight of 1904. It would be bigger than the time Pierre Michaud and Wolfgang Wolfhausen recreated the Franco-Prussian War with empty beer and wine bottles.
It would come to be known as The Great Schism of 1913...and it would split Eden's Prairie apart forever.
This update is dedicated to the following people:
seemurray02 (Chris Murray) - if it weren't for his humor, this CJ wouldn't be entertaining at all. I'm sorry I have to kill your character.
football_fever (Mike Miller) - besides being awesome in late night MSN sob sessions, It's his birthday today. Happy 1/4 century oldy
aleking (Alex...something) - I almost fell out of my chair laughing when I got the idea for the first few pics in this update. They are for you. Enjoy!
Eden's Prairie, California - 1899
The Panic of 1893 was over by 1897 in most of the country, but thanks to the efforts of wealthy benefactors, Eden's Prairie escaped mostly unharmed by 1895. Now, four years later, the town is booming again.
Wait, what is that? What's with the railroad?
And what is that shadow looming over everything?
WHAT IN THE WORLD IS THAT?
OH SWEET LORD WHAT IS GOING ON???
Mayor Murray woke up in a hospital bed screaming. For a few years his health was slipping and people worried about his sanity, but now it appeared he'd completely lost it. He was saying something about buildings that could touch the sky that were made completely out of metal and glass, but all the foundries and glass blowers in the state couldn't make that much material.
It was at that point that Michael and Kenneth Miller were put in charge of the town, although they'd been running things for years. They were the ones that orchestrated the town's now explosive growth.
Although the brothers had plans to modernize the town with more durable brick buildings, the constant demand for lumber profited them deeply, and the saw mill operated 24/7 thanks to new electric light bulbs.
Micheal convinced people to build south of the Walsh River, and soon the "southies" had substantial numbers.
Part of the "southie" development was uncomfortably close to Clint Webb's ranch
I can only imagine how that smells...Phew...
Also a new approach to the bridge was made so the horses weren't so burdened to get up a steep hill.
Much more impressive, however, was the new development north of the railroad, mostly organized by Kenneth.
The "northies" as they were called by the old towners, were squeezed between the railroad and the farms.
It was nearly as difficult for this development as the one across the river, because people didn't like crossing those tracks. There was only one crossing (same as the river), plus it was right next to Fort Pegasus and all the trouble that came with being in that area (brothels = trouble...sometimes)
They didn't have to worry about that for long though. It was 1899 and people were ready to party for the new year.
Sammy O'Leary, Pub ownner and distant cousin of Mrs. O'Leary (of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 fame) was finishing up some business in his mother-in-law's barn.
He was in a hurry to get to the New Year's festivities on the riverfront, when he drunkenly tipped over the lantern. In his haste to pick it up, he spilled his bottle of 150 proof O'Leary family whiskey. The hay caught on fire, and he tried to blow out the fire. Unfortunately because of the incredibly potent whiskey, his breath was like a flamethrower. The barn caught on fire, and once it reached the other bottles he had in his wagon, the explosion destroyed the store next door.
The fire quickly spread to neighboring businesses and homes.
The entire block was soon engulfed in flames as firefighters tried desperately to save as much as they could.
Soon they got the upperhand, and the fire was almost out.
As the clock struck midnight, the fire was completely extinguished and a cheer fell over the town celebrating the bravery of the firefighters and the turn of the century. The Great Fire of 1899 was over.
God, however, had other plans. The bars and brothels were a detriment to the otherwise well-behaved and good-natured town, and He decided to do something about it.
Still flatlining...charge to 10 billion volts....clear!
And so the Great Fire of 1900 began.
It burned down the rest of the horrible district.
Citizens watched helplessly as Fort Pegasus went up in flames.
In the morning, they surveyed the damage and recollected the events.
"Do you remember there being any clouds in the sky last night?"
Everything bad about the town seemed to be destroyed.
Unfortunately it was also the day Mayor Chris Murray died.
And then the stage was set for the great schism that would follow.
Eden's Prairie 1893
The panic of 1893 hurt the United States deeply. Throughout the 1880s in a quest for dominance and acquisition, railroad conglomerates overextended themselves, and on February 23, 1893, the Philadelphia Reading Railroad declared banruptcy. It was the first domino in the economic downturn that spelled disaster for millions of Americans. As things got worse, people began to pull their money out of banks to avoid losing it. The US didn't have enough gold backing the dollar, and European investors began claiming their invested gold. With gold reserves dangerously low and banks unable to repay investors, many Americans abandoned their way of life and moved west. For Eden's Prairie, this meant a boom in new farms and new residents from the east.
New farms near the Wolfhausen brewery
Although it was much more popular to move to San Francisco or other places along the West coast, the new residents were hard working and could bare to see themselves living in the slums of San Fran.
Max Tucker liked working with hoes
The infamous Archer Farm
Wheat don't fear the reaper
Despite the new residents, Eden's Prairie grew very little during the Panic. Opening a new business was nearly impossible, and many, especially banks, went out of business altogether.
For Phineas Miller, the town's most successful businessman, the Panic brought mixed blessings. He had been a banker in Baltimore before moving to Eden's Prairie, and lost his entire business to the Panic. However, because he had diversified and opened Miller's Mill, he didn't lose his entire fortune.
Miller's Mill, still alive and cutting
Not only was he still wealthy after losing his bank, but due to the new residents moving to the west, he still had demand for lumber from his mill.
Barns were like old fashioned parking lots for horses
In the years since he opened the mill a small gathering of homes had popped up next to it for the mill's employees. Residents referred to the cluster of houses as Milldale.
Milldale and Miller's Mill
Miller had also built a large home near the site of the Battle of Eagle Creek. The house was large to accomodate important visitors, as well as Miller's peculiar fondness for indoor archery.
It was also large enough for his two sons, Michael and Kenneth, who had finished college and were out of jobs. They decided to freeload-- er...move back home to help run the mill and manage the house. Phineas put them to work in the cow pasture to break their east coast snobbery.
Not so pretty now, are ya college-boy?
Mooooooo! Translation: I have to Poooooo!
Phineas succeeded in breaking their spirits, and the boys were soon among the town's most beloved citizens. They were both incredibly smart, and consulted with Mayor Murray about their plans for improving and modernizing the town.
Hopefully they showered first
Murray made them chief advisors, furthering the town's good will toward them and their father's pride. The were best friends...but Mayor Murray was getting very old, and would be gone soon. His absence would have horriffic consequences....
Here is a reference map to the places I've made so far.
Ok, so this isn't an actual update, but something very important and educational. Hey, a few updates ago, didn't I say I was going to have "Jill Jacobs tries to teach you something"? I did! Weird how that works out...especially since this isn't what I'd planned at all for that segment. Oh well. I hope you all learn something if you've never used the SAM tool before. This tutorial is dedicated to jacqulina, who has taught me so much about terraforming and nature building from her CJ. With this information I expect HUGE things from Return to Paradise Falls. It's also dedicated to me, since my birthday is tomorrow. Consider this my birthday gift to all my readers. Enjoy!
If you've never used the SAM tool (Street Addon Mod), you should definitely pick it up. Unfortunately It's not compatible with other street mods like jeronij street side mod (not available on the STEX) and the red brick street mod. This is most unfortunate for jeronij's mod, since it adds so much to the visual effect of the streets. However, the SAM makes up for this by adding 8 different types of streets, which adds realism especially in rural or suburban areas, depending on the type being used.
Here it is in action:
Wild west towns, and anything other than modern day cities would not be possible without the SAM. It can be complicated or hard to use, so I'm going to teach you how to use it.
The first step is to find the SAM starter piece from the roads menu.
There it is! OMG!
Next, select the type of road you want to use. I'll go over the different types available later. Just place it somewhere the road will be. You'll be deleting this piece...
Next, go back to the road menu and select the regular streets.
Hey, I remember these!
Drag it where you want it to go...but make sure one end of the street you're dragging is touching the starter piece.
My guess: you've dragged a street somewhere before
BAM! That's not the ugly gray street you're used to, that's a dirt street, just like we planned!
Now you can drag streets anywhere, and as long as it starts in the existing SAM network, the new street will also be that same type.
Go ahead and destroy that old starter piece. You don't need that old relic anymore.
Oh that old thing?
Alternatively, if you have old ugly gray streets (which are still possible if not connected to a SAM piece), you can easily convert them into SAM roads like a successful Jehovah's Witness
I'd like to tell you about being a dirt street...
It's as simple as dragging some SAM streets into the other ones. They instantly change within a certain area. The rest can be changed by plopping a single piece of street on top of one of the existing unconverted street.
That's a good place
Doesn't that look nice?
Go ahead, try to not say yes. Impossible...
Now I'll change what I just made into a different type of SAM street.
First place the starter piece of the new type. In this case, I'm changing it to Cobblestone.
I'm tired...no more captions
Drag it through the existing network.
Watch it change
Then plop single street pieces in the unconverted areas to complete the look.
The last thing is to show you the eight different types of streets. From right to left: Parking Lot Textures, Herringbone Brick Streets, PEG Dirt Roads, PEG Gravel Roads, Trocla's Dirt Streets, Haleburg's Asphalt Streets, Cobblestone Streets, Brisk Brick Roads.
Er...finally, here's what they look like with a single curve...just for variety.
And that's it! I hope you learned something, and I hope to see some SAM use in some CJs! If anyone has any more SAM questions, PM me and I'll try to answer it, or else jplumbley, the creator (or at least the STEX uploader) would most likely be able to answer any question you have.
Eden's Prairie - 1889
Ron Burgundy had turned into a nightmare for the town. In the fours years since he came to town and established Fort Pegasus to protect it from the nonexistent native American threat, the exponential growth of the previous ten years had been erased.
Ron Burgundy: World class d-bag
Before his arrival, people flocked to the town for its peace and prosperity. Now the only people moving in were opportunists and prostitutes (AKA super-opportunists) looking to make a few bucks from the regiment stationed at the fort.
The number of brothels tripled from 1 1/2 to 4 1/2 (the half refers to the Archer Farm, where Sean Archer's four daughters were...well known).
Also, the number of taverns increased from 5 to a number no one knows because whenever they try to count, they get too drunk and forget.
None of this mattered to Burgundy. He'd driven Mayor Murray our of the town, and instituted his own form of horrid leadership. The needs of the town were being badly neglected, and something needed to be done. Some citizens began to hold secret meeting to discuss possible ways to drive "Mayor" Burgundy out of the town.
Secret meetings were in one of these buildings...it's a secret
Many ideas were put forward, and many of them ere executed. The initial hijinks were relatively tame, such as Clint Webb and Ian Martin "accidentally" spilling their loads of manure outside the fort.
Jean-Pierre Michaud watered down the wine being bought by the fort, then without warning gave them extra strength (made by boiling out the water for more potency). The things they did in their super drunken stupor shall not be repeated, but with the fort suffering from a collective hangover, the trumpet quintet outside the main barracks the next morning was not a pleasant sound.
At least they didn't fire the cannons
The final straw was when Phineas Miller decided to halt production at the saw mill. Train loads of wood to be cut were backed up, and the trains still arriving blocked all traffic into the town.
That's not good...
Burgundy had enough. Most of his soldiers didn't share his resolve and had deserted the company. Others were paid by Phineas Miller who gave them $100 and a girl from a brothel (two birds with one stone). With his regiment depleted, Burgundy was desperate. He forced the men of the town to fight for him as punishment for their bad behavior. As soon as he deemed them ready to fight, he prepared to march toward the Pomo encampment near Eagle Creek to wipe them out.
Eagle Creek had long been integral to the Pomo tribe. It sprung from the ground at the base of a mountain, which was said to be home to the great spirit.
Origin of the Creek
It ended in the short river that supplied the lake, which also sprang from the mountain but in the form of a spectacular waterfall.
The mouth of Eagle Creek
Burgundy's company of townspeople marched reluctantly toward the hallowed Pomo ground. The peaceful tribe had been the reason they'd moved to Eden's Prairie in the first place, and now they were to exterminate them.
The entire Mt. Grace area before it was called Mt. Grace
The two sides lined up on opposite sides of the creek and stared each other in the eyes
Then...on Burgundy's signal to fire...
Both sides threw their guns into the water.
They walked forward to greet their friends with handshakes and hugs, then collectively turned their backs to Burgundy, dropped their pants, and cheered and mooned and slapped their bottoms until the enraged captain turned his horse south and didn't stop riding until he got to San Francisco.
The townspeople then joined the tribe for a feast in their village, where Chris Murray had been staying, and was unanimously reappointed mayor.
It was a happy ending for this chapter of Eden's Prairie. Some of the more shallow opportunists left town after the military presence was gone, but others stayed and found other ways to make an easy buck.
No one knew what to do with the eyesore of Fort Pegasus, but their problem would unfortunately be answered for them...
The whole Eden's Prairie area
Eden's Prairie, California - 1885
It was a good time to live in Eden's Prairie in the 1880s. The Martin and Webb ranches were running at full capacity, town-Pomo relations were great, everyone had a Chrissy Cake in their hand, Miller's Mill was pumping a steady stream of lumber to the east, and every new resident seemed to add a new dimension to an already dynamic town.
In the 1880s, rising tensions between France and the second German Empire caused serious strains on the friendship of two people that shouldn't have been friends, but were. Wolfgang Von Wolfhausen was the son of a Bavarian beer brewer. Jean-Pierre Michaud's family had owned a winery in France for over a century. Despite their nationalities, they got along exceedingly well...probably because they both liked alcohol...a lot!
Wolfgang von Wolhausen and Jean-Pierre Michaud pictured by a horrible photographer
They agreed that they needed to flee Europe and settle somewhere in the US. After much drunken discussion, they decided they couldn't live here without their own wine and beer. They thought California was best because of the temperate climate and fertile soil. They proved to be an excellent addition to the town. They settled on opposite sides of the Walsh River to symbolize the river that separated their native countries.
Mayor Chris Murray welcomes Wolfhausen and Michaud
Michaud's wine was a hit. He was nearly caught smuggling his grapes into the country, but he wasn't, and his wine was delicious.
Jean-Pierre Michaud's vineyard
Even though his neighbors Ian Martin and Clint Webb drove him nuts, he still enjoyed his prime location to the south of Martin's ranch.
Wolfhausen's brewery was also a success, as many newcomers in town were more comfortable ordering a mug of beer right off the train than a glass of wine. Philistines...
Wolfgang von Wolfhausen's brewery
He smuggled the hops for his beer from Germany, just like Michaud smuggled his grapes. He made a barley and a wheat version, and also grew cherries and kept bees for additional flavor varieties. It made for delicious and authentic German style beers that most of the hardcore whiskey drinkers in town would get drunk from one mug.
Possibly Jill's favorite picture so far
His house was modeled after his Bavarian home, complete with the German flag flying proudly in front.
All in all, it was a wonderful friendship. However, a man would arrive to town that would ruin the town. He was so foul, he could turn a mug of Wolfhausen's beer skunky just by looking at it.
It happened one evening as Eden's Prairie was lulling itself to sleep for the night. Wolfhausen and Michaud were sitting in the tower of the winery looking over the town enjoying a mug of beer and a glass of wine. The first lights of the evening came on at Ian Martin's ranch, and they could hear Clint Webb shouting obscenities from across the road.. "This seems to be a running theme with this down, doesn't it?" Jean-Pierre said to Wolfgang, "This whole...best friends and bitter rivals thing...?"
"Indeed it does" said Wolfgang as the German and the Frenchman toasted and drank each other's alcohol.
Just then a rumble of horses rode by.
"The approaching dusk seems to be foreshadowing something, doesn't it?" Wolfgang said. However, Jean-Pierre was passed out and Wolfgang decided it was time to go home.
He rode through town, nearly falling off his horse 18 time before the river (1/4 mile) and decided he needed one last drink before bed, and headed over to his favorite bar.
As he arrived, the bar which was normally bustling with music and boozers was completely quiet. A man that could only be described as "scary beyond belief" had Mayor Murray at gunpoint. He was the dreaded gangster "Wild" Willy Jackson.
"Wild" Willy Jackson
He declared that he and his gang were in charge of the town. He had already looted and burned three other towns that he and his gang took control of. Needless to say, no one wanted that to happen to Eden's Prairie. But Wild Willy insisted. If anyone objected, they had to take it up with he and his gang. The drunken German offered to challenge them in a duel the next day at dawn.
I didn't have a good place to put this picture...
"Are you serious? A duel?" said Mayor Murray, "That's only a myth put forward in movies!"
No one knew what he was talking about, as movies had yet to be invented, but Wild Willy thought it was a great idea. He and his gang would meet the Wolfgang in Main Street at noon the next day. They left the bar and kicked poor Frederick Green out of his house across the street.
"Finally we can drink," said the drunken German, "I thought they'd never leave."
Everyone sat in shock for a few moments before resuming their conversations and drinks.
The intersection on Main Street with the bar at night
The next day, word had spread about Wolfgang's duel, but no one knew where he was. Wild Willy and his gang were waiting in the street, while many of the prominent citizens offered to pay them to leave. Phineas Miller offered the most, but all the offers only made them want to stay more, now that they realized how wealthy the town was.
Main Street at the crack of 3pm
Suddenly another rumble of horses signified another change was on the horizon. What really was on the horizon was Captain Ronald Burgundy, whose regiment had been tracking down Wild Willy's gang. Town heroes Ian Martin and Clint Webb had ridden all night to inform him, after a legendarily drunk Wolfgang von Wolfhausen passed out in Webb's doorway and told him of the town's imminent danger...although Wolfgang himself wasn't aware it. The rest of the town cornered the gang and prevented their escape, while they were captured from behind by Burgundy's squad. They were taken to Sacramento, formally charged, and hanged in each of the towns they desecrated.
Captain Ron Burgundy
But things were just getting bad for Eden's Prairie. Captain Burgundy would return. He deeply resented the town's good relations with the Pomo and sought to "protect" them from future dangers by establishing Fort Pegasus.
The citizens hated it from the start, and began to devise a hilarious and zany method of driving the captain out of town. The captain, however, didn't live in a comedy movie, and devised a cruel method of driving the Pomo off of the lands to the west of the town.
The eyesore of Fort Pegasus
Eden's Prairie 1881
By 1881, Eden's Prairie was growing by leaps and bounds. New businesses were popping up every week all along Main Street, as the main road was now being called.
The flood of new residents had no end, and new houses were being built daily.
As always, supplying the wood to build everything was Miller's Mill, which opened a lumber yard at the edge of town.
Miller's Mill Lumber Yard
As the town was in its infancy, many of the new residents produced legacies important in the future of the town. Two of these notable residents arrived together (in theory) in 1881. This is the story of Ian Martin and Clint Webb.
Ranchers Ian Martin and Clint Webb
Ian and Clint had a lot in common. They were both young ranchers from the midwest looking for a different lifestyle in California. Theirs is one of the most famous rivalries and friendships in the town's history.
Clint sold his herd and boarded the train in Kansas City. The next major stop was in Omaha, and history was made. As fate would have it, their seats were next to each other. They hit it off immediately, and bored the poor patrons of the dining car to tears talking about ranching.
But then Clint started talking about trains. He never stopped talking about trains from Nebraska all the way to Utah, not even when the beautiful Isabel Archer (who was also on her way to Eden's Prairie) approached the duo.
The failure to get the Isabel's attention was the final straw for Ian. As the train stopped in Camp Meeker, CA, there was half an hour before it needed to leave again. Ian told Clint the break was a full hour.
Clint went into town to get a drunk, and half an hour later the bartender told him that the train was leaving (he didn't warn him before it left because he was the best customer in weeks, buying multiple rounds for everyone in the bar with the money from selling his herd).
Without missing a beat, Clint bought a wagon and set out across the remainder of his journey toward Eden's Prairie.
Clint's trip hit another brief snag when he died of dysentery. Luckily he was able to reload from the last save point.
You have died of dysentery
While Ian was on the comfortable train flirting with Isabel, Clint was miserable, and not having so much luck with food and whatnot.
You shot 0 lbs of food and were able to carry 0 lbs back to your wagon
Ian arrived in Eden's Prairie and after getting his drink on with his new girlfriend, he looked for land to start his new ranch. Immediately south of the river was a nice field. Starting a ranch in that spot would be easier than kicking Clint off the train.
Soon his house was built, the cows were home, and his ranch was successful.
Ian Martin's Ranch
Quaint house...he has chickens there
Why are stupid cow jokes not funny?
Cows don't think they're funny, and no one else thinks they're jokes...cows really are stupid...
Cool watering hole!
Clint arrived in town 6 months later, tired and nearly broke. His first stop was at the gunsmith before heading to Ian's ranch.
At the entrance to Ian's ranch, Clint suddenly had a better idea. Most of the woods surrounding the town were protected by Mayor Murray as part of his agreement with the Pomo tribe. However, the woods directly across from Ian's ranch happened to be free of the agreement. Clint bought the land with his remaining money and started chopping down the trees one by one.
He sold the trees to Phineas Miller for processing at his Mill. Soon he employed dozens of people to clear the land of trees.
Clear-cutting the non-sacred lands no one cares about
Several months later, Clint's ranch was finished. In his quest for revenge, he wanted his ranch to be twice the size as Ian's.
Clint Webb's Ranch
Hey Jean? How did you get to that other field?
You ARE in the other field!!
See? Stupid cow jokes aren't funny. Look at this stupid cow in the water trough.
Your hole's looking a little marshy there, Clint. You should get that checked out
Unfortunately with the extra help needed to care for the larger herd and extra cost of building (plus Ian had 6 months of income from his successful ranch), the two ranches had the same profit. Their rivalry would continue from across the road for many years...
...but evil eyes were watching the profitable and unprotected young town. Things would never be the same.
Friendships never die...
Eden's Prairie 1879
Because of Mayor Chris Murray's good relations with the Pomo Indians nearby, Eden's Prairie enjoyed peace and prosperity unlike any other frontier town before it.
The Pomo chief knew Murray was building a railroad to the west into his territory. The negotiations resulted in a detour around their sacred ground.
The detour was expensive and required two extra bridges to be built, but it ensured the good relations of the town and tribe for many more years.
Around the same time, a man would move to Eden's Prairie that would end up being its most influential person ever. His name was Phineas T. Miller.
As a successful banker in Baltimore, Phineas grew tired of banking and living on the East Coast. He decided to move to Sacramento. He was excited to arrive, but noticed that it wasn't the last stop on the line. As soon as his train pulled into Eden's Prairie, he fell in love with it, and started the town's first newspaper, The Prairie Examiner, across from the train station.
The Prairie Examiner Offices
He found his new business venture to be exciting, but didn't make the money he wanted, so he looked into other venues. After talking to John Hatchet, he decided to open a saw mill near the town to supply it with the lumber it needed to build, as well as supply the railroad with wooden planks to continue its expansion.
He scouted several areas on the Walsh River to build his mill.
Would it be here?
He finally chose a spot on the river close to the town
Miller's Mill 1879
Miller was again raking in profits, but without the expensive lifestyle he had on the East Coast. He needed something to do with all his money...
He decided to invest it in the town...
Eden's Prairie, California: 1874
With the railroad finished, Eden's Prairie started to grow.
Eden's Prairie Railroad Station
As the first mayor of the town, Chris Murray wanted to differentiate Eden's Prairie from other settlements in the area. He had good relations with the native Pomo tribe nearby, who taught him how to sustain his town on the rough frontier.
Soon merchants from around the country were moving in. Two of the first notable residents that would play a large part in the history of the town were John Hatchet and Martha Walsh.
John Hatchet was the son of William Hatchet from Texas. William had started a business called Hatchet Yard Maintenance, or HYM for short. John's plan was to take HYM to California to service the sprawling ranches...which he called Cash Cow Ranches.
But John had another talent that would serve the community far more than fixing ranches: he could build bridges...and not just metaphorically. The Walsh River was shallow and narrow, but the town lacked the technical know-how to span it. Within a year, John Hatchet had built the first permanent bridge across the Walsh River
Hatchet's covered bridge
The other notable resident was Martha Walsh. A talented and famous baker from Minnesota, Martha moved to California to cash in on a ripe market. Most people on the frontier could barely survive let alone buy expensive delicacies. But Eden's Prairies was different. Once she heard of the prosperous town, she knew people there could afford them. She packed up her bakery and moved west.
Life was hard at first. She built a new bakery and lived in the back room. People didn't buy her products at first, but within a year, as more people moved in from the east, her popularity exploded. She imported whatever ingredients she could and improvised the rest, creating fast, easy, and delicious pastries. The most famous was the Chrissy Cake, whose beauty and sweetness was only rivaled by that of her daughter, the cake's namesake. Many who bought it were reluctant to eat it because of its beauty. Once they did, they needed another immediately. The success of Chrissy Cakes easily made Martha the most successful businesswoman in Eden's Prairie. She was finally able to move out of the bakery and into a newly constructed house, the only of its kind in town.
Despite their contributions to the town, John Hatchet and Martha Walsh still weren't finished in their advancement of Eden's Prairie.
Welcome to my first CJ! I'm going to share the story of an amazing small town in Northern California, from its discovery and founding to its eventual split into two rival towns, and wherever it goes from there.
I'm using a hand-terraformed map with the CP Canyonland Terrain Mod, which is perfect for the California terrain. I have a PEG water mod and trees from everyone that makes them. BATs will be used from a ton of people, so if you need to know one, just ask and I'll probably know it.
The story will highlight important events in the town's history, as well as the important people that make them happen. The people will often be friends from my life, but the larger roles will go to my friends from this site...so if you want a role you'll have to talk to me
Without further ado, here it is. Enjoy it, and I look forward to your comments.
It all starts with the California Gold Rush. After the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill in 1848. By the next year gold chasers from around the world were squatting on land all over California's central valley and Sierra Nevada mountains.
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The trouble was that there was no easy way to get to California. Many took ships to Panama for a week's hike across the isthmus with canoes and mules, rather than the 8 month voyage around the tip of South America. Making the voyage by land was long, difficult, and dangerous and many died along the way.
California became a state in 1850. The idea of a transcontinental railroad had been discussed for years, but the debate between a southern route around the Rocky Mountains and a central route through them prevented either from being built.
Theodore Judah, chief engineer of the Sacramento Valley railroad knew that expanding to the east was the only way his business was to survive. In September 1859 he was chosen to be the accredited lobbyist for the Pacific Railroad Convention, which approved of his idea to survey, finance, and engineer the railroad.
Former Army Corporal Christopher Murray was selected to lead a crew west of Sacramento. There was an impasse between Sacramento and the newly booming town of San Francisco. Murray's job was to find the best way through it.
Murray's had searched the ridge for a pass for nearly a year, when he came across the Walsh River. The water cut a path through the ridge, creating a canyon with steep walls as impassable as the ridge itself. However, as he reached the western edge of the canyon he saw exactly what he needed.
In front of him, tucked between two large hills, was a valley of incredible beauty. There were clearings between the trees with colorful wildflowers poking through. As he smelled them in the breeze and felt the sunlight on his face, he knew this was the place he was looking for. He noticed the path to the valley was a gradual slope, perfectly suitable for a railroad over the impasse.
But then something incredible happened on the floor of the valley that would forever change history. As he was walking along the tree line next to the river, Murray came across a group of Pomo Indians. It was a chief and his wife, who was giving birth to his son. Although startled, the chief was in urgent need of help, since his newborn son wasn't breathing. Murray rushed to his aid, and in a few moments the baby's wails filled the forest.
Although many settlers and native tribes were in conflict, this group of Pomo was forever grateful to Murray and his men. They showed the settlers where food could be gathered, and helped their survival on the rough frontier.
Murray's original settlement
Murray built his settlement in the valley and named it Eden's Prairie. It served as his headquarters for supervising the construction of the connection to Sacramento. Construction of the line from Sacramento reached Eden's Prairie in 1869 and continued to the West.
Railroad is built near Eden's Prairie settlement
The town began to grow as more and more people used the railroad. Eden's Prairie was on its way to greatness
Eden's Prairie 1870
This City Journal is dedicated to Mike Dixon-Kennedy (onlyplace4). Although I never met him or talked to him, his BATs gave me the idea for this entire thing. I'm using almost exclusively his buildings in the beginning of this CJ (as you can see above), and more of them will show up later on. I've finally gotten around to starting this on the day he died. May you live on in our hearts, our memories, our imaginations, and our cities.
Rest in Peace
May 28, 1958 - May 22, 2008