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The Journal of San Diego History
July 1955, Volume 1, Number 3

ON THE TRAIL OF THE OVERLAND MAIL: Can anyone supply information about Warren F. Hall, and the contracts which he held for construction of the Butterfield stage stations in San Diego County? In 1860, two years after finishing the work, he made his headquarters at San Felipe.

THE MYSTERIOUS VAQUERO AGAIN: Our query about a vessel named Vaquero, allegedly hailing from San Diego and the first craft to enter Newport Bay, brought a reply that there was a schooner of that name, which hauled materials here for the original lighthouse on Point Loma. Now comes an intriguing story, related to Don Stewart many years ago by his father. The story has to do with a steam stern-wheeler of that name, which was operated by Capt. S. S. Dunnells, and, in the 1870s, brought a load of wheat here, from Newport Bay. Apparently she made but one voyage. Are any other details available?

WE ARE LOOKING FOR THE KEATINGS: With the 100th anniversary of old Point Loma Lighthouse rapidly approaching, it would be a nice thing if we could turn up any of the descendants of Capt. James Keating, the original keeper. Captain Keating lighted the wick for the first time on the evening of November 15, 1855, and a suitable celebration is being planned for that date in 1955.