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Ricky's Historical Tidbits Podcast

Ricky's Historical Tidbits Podcast

By Ricky Mortensen

NorCal History show that does not bog you down with dates and names and focus' on stories. Hosted by Ricky Mortensen
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ep. 2 - Snowshoe Thompson - The Viking Mailman of the Sierra

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ep. 14 Black Bart - The Po8
ep. 14 Black Bart - The Po8
In this episode of Ricky's Historical Tidbits, I share with you the story of my favorite criminal, Charley Boles also known as Black Bart. He robbed 28 stagecoaches in his bandit career and was eventually caught and sent to San Quentin. I'm really excited about this episode. Sponsors Tuttle Twins Books   Tranquilo Coffee Books Recommended Black Bart - George Hoeper Black Bart: Search is over - Robert Jernigan Museum Address - 30 North Main Street, San Andreas CA Miners on Main
30:40
November 30, 2022
ep. 13 Frederick Bee - Mandarin of the Blue Button
ep. 13 Frederick Bee - Mandarin of the Blue Button
In this episode of Ricky's Historical Tidbits, I share with you the story of a man who made his mark everywhere he went. Whether it was mining for gold, building a telegraph line across the country, constructing railroads, potentially inventing the pony express, and most notably Consul for the Chinese people in the United States. His name? Frederick A. Bee. Link to the diary of Albert Bee  Sponsor California Tea House 
15:25
November 26, 2022
ep. 12 Lucy Batterman
ep. 12 Lucy Batterman
In this episode of Ricky's Historical Tidbits, I share with you the story of a lady named Lucy Ann Stoddard Wakefield Batterman, who was known to most for her pies but there’s something else she’s known for. She is part of the Miners on Main series which is a scavenger hunt coming soon to Main street in Placerville highlighting local people of history that had some kind of impact on the city of Placerville. Sponsor - The California Wine Club
08:01
November 01, 2022
ep 11. Eliza McKinstry
ep 11. Eliza McKinstry
This short episode of Ricky's Historical Tidbits is about a lady named Eliza Mckinstry. She is part of the Miners on Main series which is a scavenger hunt coming soon to Main street in Placerville highlighting local people of history that had some kind of impact on the city of Placerville. Sponsor - The California Wine Club
06:21
October 25, 2022
ep. 10 - George G. Blanchard - Judge of El Dorado County
ep. 10 - George G. Blanchard - Judge of El Dorado County
In this short episode of Ricky's historical tidbits, I share with you a little bit about a man who will be featured in the city of Placerville's “Miners on Main” scavenger hunt on Main Street. Known to history by a few things but is mostly known as Judge Blanchard. Sponsor - The California Wine Club
09:55
October 18, 2022
ep. 9 - Dorothea Zeisz - The Pioneer Grandma
ep. 9 - Dorothea Zeisz - The Pioneer Grandma
This is a short episode about Dorothea Zeisz, a woman who had 10 kids then her husband left the country for "business"  Dorothea Zeisz is a "miner" featured in the "Miners on Main" Scavenger Hunt coming soon to Placerville.
02:57
October 03, 2022
ep. 8 - Sheriff James Hume - The Sherlock Holmes of the Wild West
ep. 8 - Sheriff James Hume - The Sherlock Holmes of the Wild West
“One of the best detectives on the Pacific Coast; prompt, vigilant, and firm; always sober, reticent in his business affairs; knew no fear of danger; confided into the fullest extent of his employers, and generally esteemed by all who have the pleasure of his acquaintance.” that is a description of a man known today as the Sherlock Holmes of the wild west that man was James Hume. In this episode of Ricky's HIstorical Tidbits, I will tell you all about him. Sponsored by The California Tea House 
15:10
September 27, 2022
ep. 7 - Wheelbarrow Johnny - The Story of John Studebaker
ep. 7 - Wheelbarrow Johnny - The Story of John Studebaker
You may have heard of Studebakers in terms of cars or old wagons but do you know the full story of the man behind it all, it is quite the story and you will enjoy every second of this episode all about it. 
24:47
September 20, 2022
ep. 6 - Robbers Roost - The Gassaway Gang
ep. 6 - Robbers Roost - The Gassaway Gang
Robbers roost is a place where the notorious Gassaway Gang hung out and robbed an unknown amount of people until they finally got caught and were sent to jail. Though short, this is their story. 
04:10
September 13, 2022
ep. 5 - May Woolsey - The Trunk Under the Stairs.
ep. 5 - May Woolsey - The Trunk Under the Stairs.
May Woolsey was a 12 year old girl who died in Sacramento, her life is told through an old trunk found 100 years after her death... link mentioned Tuttle Twins Books www.tuttletwinstidbits.com
09:42
September 06, 2022
ep. 4 - The Mountain Brewery - A Victim of Prohibition
ep. 4 - The Mountain Brewery - A Victim of Prohibition
The very interesting history and demise of a family run brewery in Placerville, CA. "The proper beer to drink and the purest and best is the beer from the Giebenhain brewery in Placerville California. Our staff of physicians have found that this beer yields the greatest tonic strength so much desired to assist digestion and that it it keeps down the temperature thus preventing sunstroke, and establishes proper perspiration which promotes mental and physical activity, thus counterbalancing the effect of summer heat. link mentioned Tuttle Twins Books www.tuttletwinstidbits.com
12:37
August 30, 2022
ep. 3 - Preston Castle - Ancient home to Queen Calafia?
ep. 3 - Preston Castle - Ancient home to Queen Calafia?
Preston Castle is 45 minutes East of Sacramento now known for its haunts and for simply being spooky looking In this episode you will learn all you need to know about Preston Castle, the old juvenile detention center meant for reforming and teaching the trades.  links mentioned Tuttle Twins Books www.tuttletwinstidbits.com US Legal Wills www.uslegalwills.com/ricky
09:51
August 23, 2022
ep. 2 - Snowshoe Thompson - The Viking Mailman of the Sierra
ep. 2 - Snowshoe Thompson - The Viking Mailman of the Sierra
Snowshoe Thompson was a mailman who delivered mail on skis from Placerville around South lake Tahoe and up to Carson city and back. His story is one that cannot be ignored, it is simply too fascinating.  links mentioned Tuttle Twins Books www.tuttletwinstidbits.com US Legal Wills www.uslegalwills.com/ricky
26:54
August 09, 2022
ep. 1 - William Leidesdorff - The First Millionaire of California before the Gold Rush
ep. 1 - William Leidesdorff - The First Millionaire of California before the Gold Rush
Most people have never heard his name before, most don't know his story. A man who came to America in the 1830s and made his way to becoming the first millionaire of California before the gold rush. Had he not died so young who knows what riches he would have accumulated.  links mentioned  Tuttle Twins Books www.tuttletwinstidbits.com US Legal Wills www.uslegalwills.com/ricky
21:26
August 02, 2022
A Brief History of Locke, California a rural chinatown
A Brief History of Locke, California a rural chinatown
The story of one of the last rural Chinatowns of California. A town known as Locke.
06:53
July 18, 2022
History of Coit Tower
History of Coit Tower
Have you been to San Francisco? If so you may have seen Coit Tower. This is the History of Mrs. Coit and her Tower.  
05:02
July 18, 2022
The Delta King
The Delta King
Learn all about the history of the famous Delta King in Sacramento and its sister ship, The Delta Queen
22:16
November 15, 2020
Negro Bar, the controversially named State Park
Negro Bar, the controversially named State Park
Negro Bar... What is it.? What was it? What happened there? Why is it called that? All these questions and more answered in this incredible episode. 
12:43
August 25, 2020
Polio's early beginning's in Northern California
Polio's early beginning's in Northern California
Polio came about in the early 1940's right? WRONG! In this podcast I take you on a timeline of polio from the very beginning in ancient Egypt to its first cases in Stockton and beyond. 
13:43
July 08, 2020