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Lockwood, California

Posted by graywacke on November 1, 2019

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now pretty much a once-a-week blog), I use an app that provides a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”

I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town or towns I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location. 

To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is) please see “About Landing” above.  To check out some relatively recent changes in how I do things, check out “About Landing (Revisited).”

Landing number 2462; A Landing A Day blog post number 898.

Dan:  Today’s lat/long (N35o 58.449’, W121o 7.395’) puts me in central coastal California:

Here’s my local landing map:

One might think that “central coastal California” would be a relatively populated area.  But my local landing map belies one’s surmise.  After all, the four towns on my map have the following populations:  Lockwood (379); San Lucas (269); San Ardo (517). Jolon (teeny, not reported).

Before moving on, I must highlight my turn of phrase:  “belies one’s surmise.”  According to the generic Google dictionary, a synonymous phrase might be something like “calls into question one’s supposition that initially appears to be true.”

Of course, the fact that it’s a rhyme is sublime.

My watershed analysis:

Although not apparent, I landed in the watershed of the San Antonio River (which is manifested by the San Antonio Reservoir on the map – first hit ever!); on to the Salinas River (only my second hit). 

See the gap in the river course?  That’s because almost always, the river dries up for a substantial portion of its length – due primarily to the use of water for irrigation.

And an interesting sidelight involves that S-shaped estuary you can see on the streams-only map just north of the mouth of the Salinas.  This is the historic location of the mouth of the Salinas (it’s now known as the Elkhorn Slough).  The internet presents three possible scenarios for this relocation:  1) farmers filled in the lower course of the river in the early 1900s to create more farm land, re-routing the river to discharge further south; 2) the 1906 earthquake shifted the land so much that the river changed course; or 3) a combination of the two.

Moving on to Google Earth (GE), here’s where I could place the Orange Dude to get a look at my landing location:

And here’s what the OD sees:

I was also able to find a bridge over the San Antonio River with Street View coverage:

Here’s a lovely upstream view:

And a lovely downstream view:

So of course, I checked out the four potentially-titular towns, and as you can tell by my eventual title, I found only one hook.  Let’s get a GE look at Lockwood:

Not much, eh?  To be fair, this is the central intersection only, and the “town” includes a larger area (thus the population of 379 hardy souls).  But here where GE puts the dot on the map, there are only four residential properties, an elementary school and a mobile home park, the “Valley Oaks Mobile Home Park:”

What does Wiki have to say?  Not much:

Lockwood is in southern Monterey County and is a small community consisting of farms, ranches, and vineyards, on a vast prairie encompassed by the coastal mountains.

The first post office opened in 1888.  The name honors Belva Lockwood, candidate for President of the United States in 1884 and 1888 on the Equal Rights Party ticket.

Belva was Wiki-clickable, but I quickly skated over to a piece on the National Women’s Hall of Fame website (and yes, she’s an honoree).  From that website:

Belva Lockwood (1830-1917) began to teach school at fifteen and married at nineteen. When her husband died soon after, she was left with an infant daughter to support. She returned to teaching and determined to continue her education.

In 1857 she graduated with honors from Genesee College (later Syracuse University). After a move to Washington, D.C., she married Ezekiel Lockwood. She was nearly forty when she decided to study the law. She finally found a law school (what is now the George Washington University Law School) that would admit her, but even there her diploma was held up until she demanded action.

Lockwood was admitted to the bar of the District of Columbia, but was refused admission to practice before the Supreme Court. She spent five years energetically lobbying a bill through Congress, and in 1879 Belva Lockwood became the first woman to practice law before the US Supreme Court.

In 1884 she accepted the nomination of the National Equal Rights Party and ran for president. She polled over 4,000 votes and ran again in 1888.

Using her knowledge of the law, she worked to secure woman suffrage, property law reforms, equal pay for equal work, and world peace. Thriving on publicity and partisanship, and encouraging other women to pursue legal careers, Lockwood helped to open the legal profession to women.

Wow.  That’s a helluva resume, eh?

A quick word about the 1884 and 1888 elections.  In 1884, in a very close election, Grover Cleveland (Democrat, back when Democrats were the conservatives) squeaked by James Blaine (Republican I never heard of) by 4,914,482 to 4,856,905 votes (219 vs 182 in the absolutely-stupid-to-this-day Electoral College). 

In 1888, Grover ran again, but this time he was beaten by Benjamin Harrison.  Grover won the popular vote, but for the third time in US History, lost the election based on the absolutely-stupid-to-this-day Electoral College, (233 vs 168).

Just for the record (even though Belva wasn’t running this time), in 1892, Grover won both the popular vote and the absolutely-stupid-to-this-day Electoral College vote – beating Benjamin Harrison.

So here’s an interesting query when you’re socializing with friends or family:  Name the presidential candidate (not named Roosevelt) who won the popular vote for president in three consecutive elections . . .

It’s that time for me to search GE looking for posted pictures to post in my post.  But alas (and alack), I couldn’t find any worthy candidates within a reasonable distance from my landing.  But I did find a GE Street View shot of this barn in Lockwood:

I must confess that I made some adjustments using a photo editor . . .

That’ll do it . . .




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