- Mar 18, 2020
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You can't walk through Sacramento Valley without tripping over something dedicated to John Sutter. There are MANY statues and monuments and parks named after Sutter and people who were worse. It's very much like the Confederate statues, parks and monuments in the South. The Kelsey Brothers - mentioned in a previous thread, Ben Wright the Knight of the West...These guys make one wonder why pick on Columbus! Like the South, California is coming to a reckoning with this history.John A Suter. Jr. , he did the Founding and Planning the City of Sacramento, California...
Dad's statue is gone...
By the way, see if you can pick up a California state history book from the 1950s or 1960s. It will, again, bring forth images of the South at that same time. Indians are either mentioned as extinct or as diggers - illustrated as hunched over ragged creatures snuffling about stabbing the ground with sticks... One must remember most of the pictures of California Indians were taken well after death, doom and despair struck. We did not look our best!