Monthly Archives: January 2006

And then along came Sam Mazza…to save Pacifica's Castle: Part III

And then along came Sam Mazza to save Pacifica’s mysterious castle– a full time, extremely successful San Francisco painting contractor and equally successful, part time modern “Knight in Shining Armor”. It was 1957, when, according to Sam’s brother, Angelo, who … Continue reading

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Coastside Dog….30 years ago

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"The Hen"

I hope I’m not being disrespectful calling him “the Henâ€?– but that was shorthand for a native of Half Moon Bay’s Great Uncle Henry Debenedetti, Henry Debenedetti must have been in his early 80s when I met him in the … Continue reading

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In 1962 you could…..

Fred Lane turned the “North” El Granada Train Station into his real estate offices. Lane had the memorable habit, I’m told, of gently patting himself on the head while conversing with others. His wife, Blaise, who came from a prominent … Continue reading

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Overlooking Moss Beach: Where the ocean is Pacific

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Come, sit….

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After the Ocean Shore R.R.: Pacifica's Castle of Mystery

(Photo at right: Detectives search for human remains on castle grounds.) In 1920 Pacifica’s gray castle stood alone in a veil of secrecy, isolated on a hill, even more mysterious when wrapped in a swirling layer of fog. It seemed … Continue reading

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