Tales of Wells Fargo

I don’t have any data, but I suspect that old stage coaches are probably one of the most popular items in local museums. Maybe it’s because, like me, lots of folks grew up seeing the stage get held up at some point in just about every Western show and movie on TV. Of course, there were quite a number of […]

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Rust In Peace, Part 1

When I visited the Angels Camp Museum in Calaveras County, before I even stepped inside one of their exhibit buildings I found a whole yard full of historic machinery, some of it clearly rescued from rusty oblivion. I could recognize a few of the pieces; the old generator from the Utica powerhouse looks very similar to those I’ve seen in […]

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Retired and rusty

I’m not sure exactly what this machine was used for; it was part of the outdoor collection at the Angels Camp Museum. There was no sign (and no one nearby to ask), and by the time I had finished shooting these pictures, I just had to get away and go find some shade on this very warm day.

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Magical minerals, Part 3

The final installment of my mineral posts has taken awhile to get here, and it took me a fair bit of digging (no pun intended!) to find more information about the featured rocks. Whatever I did find initially seemed to come from either Wikipedia — quoting scientific sources that I struggled to understand — or alternative health websites focused on […]

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Corner drugstore

I can’t help feeling fascinated by the display of old medicine bottles at the Angels Camp Museum. I’ve been under the weather lately and might have even been tempted to try one or two of these nostrums, but most of them? No thank you!

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Magical minerals, Part 2

Here are a few more of the rocks and minerals I found on display in the Mining and Ranching building of the Angels Camp Museum. Borates are crystallized salts that contain boron. They are used in many different applications, from fertilizing plants to forming heat-resistant glass and fiberglass insulation. They’re most heavily concentrated in dry, waterless environments like California’s Mojave […]

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