Episode 71: Smollop: The Spite Fence

71 spite fence with labels  Good fences make good neighbors. So psychotic fences make…

“Then let me creep again beneath the grass,
And knock thou at yon pompous tomb of brass.
If ears are what you want, Charles Crocker’s there—
Betwixt the greatest ears, the greatest ass.
–Ambrose Bierce, “Finis Aeternitatis”, Black Beetles in Amber

The Magnificent Rogues of San Francisco: A Gallery of Fakers and Frauds, Rascals and Robber Barons, Scoundrels and Scalawags
Nothing Like It In the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869
Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum: The Story of the Central Pacific:
The Rise of the Big Four: Huntington, Stanford, Crocker, and Hopkins, by W. F. Bailey: The Pacific Monthly, January and February, 1908

The San Francisco calamity by earthquake and fire
A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906
The Forty-Niners A Chronicle of the California Trail and El Dorado

Charles "Spite Fence" Crocker
Charles “Spite Fence” Crocker

Band names from this episode:

  • The Chinese Question
  • Crocker’s Crime
  • and, of course, Spite Fence
  • All for naught.
    Charles Crocker’s Nob Hill mansion after the 1906 earthquake

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