Travels of Hayes Perkins 1893–1914. Map courtesy John Martin from Hayes Here and There

Story by David A. Laws

Wanna buy a boat?” called the bewhiskered leader of a group of men hauling a battered rowboat up the Yukon River bank near Fort Gibbon, Alaska in 1908.

Henry Hayes Perkins watched intently from a distance. The crude vessel, constructed from whipsawed lumber waterproofed with…

Advertisement in Electronic News, November 15, 1971 Image: Courtesy the Computer History Museum

“This is what made computing really take off!” — Pat Gelsinger, Intel CEO

On November 15, 1971, Intel Corporation ran a two-page advertisement in Electronic News, the industry weekly newspaper, proclaiming ”A New Era of Integrated Electronics.” With Intel barely two years old, the announcement of The MCS-4 Micro Computer…

The Camden House at Christmas. Photo: Eden, Journal of the California Garden & Landscape History Society, Winter 2021, Volume 24, Number 1. pp. 52–3.

“Success was called LUCK by those that failed. From observation, nine-tenths of the ‘luck’ came from hard work and judgment.” — Charles Camden [1]

According to forty-niner Charles Camden, it took hard work and judgment, not just luck, to make his fortune prospecting for gold. These same characteristics in later…

Fishguard, Lower Harbor. Photo: Courtesy of The Manor Town House

Story by David A. Laws

That one nation’s hero is another nation’s terrorist is seldom addressed in school history books. Most children learn of the villainous redcoats in the American war of independence. Few texts tell of American-led attacks on the British Isles. Or that the last invasion attempt led to the printing of the…

Abandoned Cold War Naval Facility (NAVFAC) building with view of Point Sur

“We had heroes in the Cold War” — Carol O’Neil, State Park Volunteer Historian

Story and photographs by David A. Laws

John le Carré dismissed Cold War spy heroes as “ A squalid procession of vain fools” in his 1963 espionage novel The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. Volunteer historian Carol O’Neil at the former…


The volcanic outcrop of Point Sur stand high above the beach
Point Sur Lightstation from Highway One. The lighthouse is on the right shoulder of the rock. Photo by the author

Story by David A. Laws

Towering three-hundred feet above the Pacific Ocean’s crashing surf, one of the West’s most faithfully restored ghost towns occupies prime ocean-view real estate just 25 miles south of my hometown of Pacific Grove, California.

Inhabited by chickens, a cow, and families with children until less than 50 years ago, the…

David A. Laws

I photograph and write about Gardens, Nature, Travel, and the history of Silicon Valley from my home on the Monterey Peninsula in California.

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