Chinese stores

When I first visited the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park as a young schoolkid, I was especially fascinated by the two small buildings known as the Chinese Stores. I think it was partly because these two small buildings are authentic structures from the 1850s, not replicas. I liked to imagine the Chinese miners going in and out of the […]

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Quiet history

The men and women who built St John’s Catholic Church and worshipped there, who now lie buried in the adjoining cemetery, most likely were never famous. Although their names may never be found in the history books, they created a community in the town of Coloma — and in their own ways, quietly helped shape the course of the events […]

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Early model food processors

Apparently, acorns are now considered a superfood. In South Korea, according to the Wall Street Journal (behind a pay wall, sorry), the squirrel population has declined by 30% over the past several years thanks to humans hoarding acorns for making noodles and other food items. My only experience with eating acorns was many years ago; I was 9 or 10 […]

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