state of confusion
hmmm, what could I add to this (and admit that I didn't know all of the aforementioned names) - k, 2 come immediately to mind:
1) be a fly on the "wall" for the Lewis and Clark Expeditions, and
2) be able to have witnessed well, some of the Donner Party Exhibition. It's a big deal in California history and quite a fascintatin' tale, even without the cannabilism. Did you know, for example, that they were stuck in snow in what is now known as Donner Summer from Late October 1846 until the following April of 1847?
Anyway, thanks for the thought provoking prose, Gunslinger! Que Bonito!