Miwok village

I’ve been spending a lot of time going through my old photos lately, and I’m amazed at how many of them were shot away from home — in the Sacramento Delta, along the Sonoma Coast, or at Clear Lake among other places. These images date from February 2001, when I took a day trip with the Big Guy to the […]

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The Adventure Continues… Columbia Diggins

Columbia State Historic Park has been on my must-see list for awhile now. In this 2005 episode of California’s Golden Parks, Huell gets the full Living History experience at the annual Columbia Diggins event. Once the second largest city in California, Columbia is a wonderfully preserved gold rush-era town, and it’s where Huell attends the annual Columbia Diggins celebration. (Click […]

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The Adventure Continues… Barns

This episode of California’s Gold from 2003 features two very special old barns. The Octagon Barn in San Luis Obispo has been given a brand new life; while the restoration efforts were well underway at the time of Huell’s visit, the work continued on the barn and surrounding buildings for the next 16 years and finally opened to the public […]

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Gold dredger history

Back in the middle of last November I published a post about gold dredgers in Yuba County — but it wasn’t too many decades past that we had dredgers operating on the lower American River, including the area of what is now Lake Natoma. Along the river’s course, anywhere you find heaping piles of rounded cobble laid out in long […]

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