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John Frémont (“The Pathfinder”) died on July 13, 1890, of peritonitis at home in New York. During the Mexican–American War, Frémont, as a major in the US Army, took control of California from the California Republic. Frémont would later settle in California and become one of the first two Senators from the new state. He was the first presidential candidate of the new Republican Party, losing to James Buchanan in the 1856 presidential election. He was born on January 21, 1813. [Source: and Wikipedia.]


Denny Anspach, a Sacramento physician and head of the Sacramento Trust for Historic Preservation, hosted Gov. Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, for dinner in the dining room of the Gold Coast, a private car formerly owned by authors and photographs Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg. The car was parked in Sacramento’s Southern Pacific Station. Reagan subsequently included an allocation for the California State Railroad Museum in the California State budget, making it part of the Department of Parks & Recreation. [Source: article by Kevin P. Keefe starting on page 52 in the January 2018 issue of Trains magazine.]