If you’re looking to learn more about the history of the Mendocino Coast, there is a presentation at the Kelley House Museum in Mendocino on Sunday Sept 22 at 3 pm. Faith Graham, the great-granddaughter of Duncan MacKericher, will be talking about the family history, and how their ranch became MacKerricher State Park (inexplicably picking up another “r” in the process). Duncan MacKericher and his family left Quebec during the Civil War, and made their way to Panama, and thence to San Francisco and Mendocino in 1864. Duncan worked in the local mill for several years, and then began working on the Pomo Indian reservation at Ten Mile (north of Fort Bragg). When the Pomos were forceably removed to Round Valley, the MacKerichers stayed. They bought Rancho de la Laguna, and half the Pomos from the reservation were able to stay and work on the ranch. They sold their butter in San Francisco, and used the money to help the Pomos.
Faith will share stories about her ancestors, including how their ranch became a state park. MacKerricher State Park is one of the top 100 state parks in the U.S. in terms of annual attendance, drawing over 2 million visitors a year.