Sadly, the friendly folks (and their pets) who guided Huell during his visit back in 2004 are no longer around; and although the Masonic Caves are still there, they are certainly not the huge tourist attraction that other nearby caves are, like the nearby Black Chasm Cavern National Landmark or, a bit further south, California Cavern State Historic Landmark, not to mention the Mercer Caverns near Murphys. These smaller caves just outside of the town of Volcano are quite easy to miss. But this episode is a perfect example of the sort of “serendipity adventure” that makes Huell’s shows so much fun to watch. I especially love the way the cat and the dog tag along during the tour! Huell’s off to Amador county and the town of Volcano. It was once a thriving, gold mining town in the 1850s and 1860s, but Huell has set off to discover the mysterious cave in this mountain community which served as a Masonic lodge. (Click on the linked image below to see the video.)
I was able to get extremely close to the fire apparatus in the Angels Camp Museum both last summer and in September 2018; by contrast, on my visit to Auburn’s historic red-and-white-striped firehouse, I found everything locked up tight. I shot my photos of the horseless carriage through the windows. Finally, a wire screen protected the entrance to the old […]
Back in early May of this year, I shared some slide images from 1985 featuring the area around Jackson, California — specifically Daffodil Hill and Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park (Chaw’se). This week I’ve got a handful of previously overlooked slides from that same Gold Country trip. I can’t tell you exactly when they were shot, but the processing date […]
I only just realized that I completely messed up the mid-June blog post about my visit to Kennedy Tailing Wheels Park in Jackson, so I thought I should try again and hopefully get it right this time. I do want to thank all the people who clicked “Like” on the original version!