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"I Love You, California" is a short-form podcast where each episode we bring you into the beauty, history, and weirdness of the state of California. Join us each episode for a peek through the redwoods and the fog at a piece of California. I am your host, William Hoffknecht, who was born and raised in the heart of California. Through my travels for work, pleasure, and photography I have visited many of the most famous locations as well as the weird little nooks and crannies in attempts to feel closer to my home. Through this podcast I hope to share a little bit about each landmark, location, natural wonder, person, or idea that made a sort of cultural impact.

"I Love You, California" is a short-form podcast where each episode we bring you into the beauty, history, and weirdness of the state of California. Join us each episode for a peek through the redwoods and the fog at a piece of California. I am your host, William Hoffknecht, who was born and raised in the heart of California. Through my travels for work, pleasure, and photography I have visited many of the most famous locations as well as the weird little nooks and crannies in attempts to feel closer to my home. Through this podcast I hope to share a little bit about each landmark, location, natural wonder, person, or idea that made a sort of cultural impact.
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"I Love You, California" is a short-form podcast where each episode we bring you into the beauty, history, and weirdness of the state of California. Join us each episode for a peek through the redwoods and the fog at a piece of California. I am your host, William Hoffknecht, who was born and raised in the heart of California. Through my travels for work, pleasure, and photography I have visited many of the most famous locations as well as the weird little nooks and crannies in attempts to feel closer to my home. Through this podcast I hope to share a little bit about each landmark, location, natural wonder, person, or idea that made a sort of cultural impact.

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English

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209-761-8565


Episodes

Ep 15 - The Carson Mansion

9/22/2018
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Eureka CA has a long storied history that is integral to the California story almost as much as Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Yosemite. In 1849 one of the early Gold Rush people to come to California from Canada was a man named William Carson. After making a bit of money in gold Carson, a woodsman by trade, decided to move up north to the Trinity Mountains area to pursue the northern gold rush. In 1950 he felled the first tree in the Humboldt bay area - not long after he went full time into...

Duration:00:10:03

Ep 14 - McKittrick Tar Seeps

9/15/2018
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Kern County is famous for a things - but it was built on the back of oil. This is an area where the oil was easy to access that there are areas where it comes up from ground just by walking on it - where it slowly seeps out onto the surface. There are 5 places in the world where these natural asphalt lakes occur - of those 5, 3 of them are in California - and the one we are talking about today is along Highway 33 and the heart of the area that helped fuel the second industrial boom of our...

Duration:00:10:47

Ep 13 - The Ghost Fleet

9/7/2018
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At the end of the second World War the United States had plenty of extra naval vessels - from cargo ships to tankers to buoy tenders to Liberty Ships to crane ships that were used all over the oceans of the world. We decided at the time that while we didn’t need all of these ships in operation, we needed to retain them in something like a storage somewhere in case we would need anytime in the future. A number of locations across 10 states were selected to park and mothball these vessels. The...

Duration:00:07:54

Ep 12 - Casa de Fruta

8/31/2018
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If you ever find yourself driving down Hwy 152 west out of Merced county you will take what is known as the Pacheco Pass through the Diablo Range. After driving around the grand San Luis Reservoir you will find yourself dropped into a small valley with old oak trees and if you look closely you may see deer or even the occasional bald eagle. Then as you cross into Santa Clara county you will see signs and billboards for fresh fruit, a gas stop, RV parking, a coffee shop, candies, and wine....

Duration:00:07:18

Ep 11 - Emperor Norton I

8/17/2018
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During the Gold Rush era of California History we get a number of big names that can still be found all over San Francisco on signs and landmarks such as Sutro, Levi Strauss, Doubleday, Bernal, and Coit - but there is another character from this time period that is not only still loved and revered for his eccentricities, but lives on in a popular tour route around SF where people dress like him and tell stories of times past. A man who was so unhappy with the governmental and legal systems...

Duration:00:09:48

Ep 10 - Merced County Courthouse

8/10/2018
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Throughout the mid to late 1800s in the United States there was a rise in popularity of the “Italian Renaissance” architectural style, especially for public buildings like city halls and courthouses. A man by the name of Albert A. Bennett got a lot of work in California building and designing this style of structure after the gold rush. So much work in fact that he was named “State Architect” under Governor Haight in the 1870s. With that he built courthouses and government buildings all over...

Duration:00:09:29

Ep 9 - The First McDonalds

8/3/2018
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The Inland Empire area of Southern California is known for the heat and population density. It sprawls for miles and miles of buildings, highways, and blue-collar housing. It has another history though that we often overlook and this a history of American Innovation - but if you travel to the heart of San Bernardino you will find a small museum that helps us remember this tradition through a brand that was originally built on the idea of quality and innovation but that has grown and change...

Duration:00:07:43

Ep 8 - Burney Falls

7/26/2018
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In the Northern part of our wonderful state there is a lot to see. Even from a distance it is impossible to not take notice of the grace and majesty of Mt. Lassen, Mt. Shasta, the Castle Crags, or Black Butte - but hidden between all of that, tucked nicely along California Highway 89 is an old and small state park I first visited a couple of years ago with some friends and family. As soon as we entered on that cool morning we saw deer feeding and heard the roar of a waterfall that one Teddy...

Duration:00:09:16

Ep 7 - Hornitos

7/19/2018
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There is one tiny town in Mariposa County, almost a ghost town at this point, that I grew up hearing more stories about than any other. Even today when I visit the town and do research online I get a number of conflicting stories about - all with the same overarching plot points, but the details differ from person to person. One thing that everyone does agree on though is that this is where you go from the best Dia de los Muertos festival in the Central Valley.

Duration:00:05:23

Ep 6 - The Solano and Contra Costa

7/12/2018
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All over California there is evidence of the Transcontinental Railroad which once traveled from the central part of the country in Omaha NE to the West in Oakland. There are landmarks, bridges, and train lines still in use today all over the central part of the state but there is one section that I personally find more interesting than the rest and with only a few items left to hint at its existence - an old building and pier in Benicia, some ruined foundation in Port Costa, and a overgrown...

Duration:00:07:39

Ep 5 - Nitt Witt Ridge

7/8/2018
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There are many interesting locations along the Pacific Coast Highway - from the Chandelier Tree in the north to Dana Point in the south - but somewhere in the middle is a beautiful land that is the home of hippies and artists who believe in being connected with the natural world. One such man spent 50 years building his house in such a way that connected him to the land, the weather, and even the people through their garbage.

Duration:00:07:16

Ep 4 - Sir Francis Drake

7/3/2018
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There are many people we associate with California history from Gaspar de Portol in the mid-1700s, Father Junipero Serra a number of years after that, or even Steinbeck in the more modern era...but one man landed in California 200 years earlier than Portol and may have setup the first British settlement of any kind on our beautiful coast and that man was Sir. Francis Drake. The real question that still leaves historians somewhat baffled though is the question of where, in 1570 did he land?

Duration:00:05:28

Ep 3 - Humphrey the Lost Whale

6/29/2018
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When exploring California have you ever gotten lost? I know I have - but one of the state’s most famous stories about getting lost, and one of my personal favorites, is about one of our ocean residents whose story has inspired articles, a children’s story book, and even a landmark. That resident is the focus of today’s episode - Humphrey the Humpback Whale.

Duration:00:07:06

Ep 2 - Three Rocks

6/29/2018
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If you ever find yourself driving down the 33 in the south western part of the Central Valley as I have from time to time you may come across a small town of around 250 people called “Three Rocks.” When you do, you may ask yourself as I tend to do “I wonder how the town got its name.” Then, if you are anyway observant, you might look around the horizon and see, up on the mountain ridge in the distance, exactly how this town got its name.

Duration:00:06:09

Ep 1 - Forestiere Underground Gardens

6/29/2018
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In the heat of the Central California sun an immigrant from Sicily purchased 80 acres of land to start what he thought would be his citrus empire. After some digging and testing he found that land was rather unusable for what he was wanting to accomplish due to the hardpan soil that was present. Being fascinated with the underground since learning about the Roman catacombs in his youth, Baldassare Forestiere came up with an idea to beat the heat and make some use out of this land: he would...

Duration:00:09:06

Ep 0 - Intro

6/28/2018
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Who am I and what I am doing here? My name is William Hoffknecht and this is a new project of mine called "I Love You, California." In this intro episode I talk a bit off the cuff on what I hope to do with this show and what you can expect to be coming out shortly. Thanks for the support and please provide me with feedback!

Duration:00:07:22