When I spent a week in San Francisco at the end of August, one of my original plans was to take a tour of the Maritime Museum near Hyde Street Pier. For various reasons, that plan didn’t work out; so as a sort of consolation I decided to check out this episode of Visiting from the mid 1990s in which […]
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 […]
More images of the rusted machinery at Angels Camp Museum in Calaveras County. Shot in late June 2021.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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!
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 […]