Low water lake bed

I took these pictures on January 1, 2008, when the water level at Folsom Lake was low.  The communities of Mormon Island and Richmond Hill, on the South Fork of the American River, were inundated after the construction of Folsom Dam in the 1950s, but fragments of these historic sites still linger.

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A blast from the past

A few days ago in a post, I mentioned that I wondered if the Orangevale Palisades had ever been the site of hydraulic gold mining. I’m now a bit embarassed to admit I must have at one time known the answer to that question and completely forgot. The information was right under my nose, posted clearly on a sign beside […]

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Marshall monument

It’s a steep climb up to (and then back down from) the James Marshall monument in Coloma, although there are a few different routes to choose from. If you’d rather not trek the full 3-mile dirt loop from Highway 49 to the top of the hill and back, you can take a car up the paved switchbacks of Marshall Park […]

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