California schoolkids learn all about the history of our state when they reach the fourth grade, and that includes the California missions. Throughout the three centuries since their construction, these 21 historic California missions have experienced destruction from fires, earthquakes, and neglect. Only this week the San Gabriel Mission in Los Angeles was devastated by a fire in the sanctuary. […]
A couple of weeks ago I posted an image of the Bayley house, a historic brick structure that sits beside Highway 49 not far from the town of Cool in El Dorado County. Last Friday, I went back for a closer look. Although the property is currently fenced off and seems abandoned, various attempts at restoration have been ongoing since […]
A view of the historic Bayley Hotel along Highway 49 in Pilot Hill.
I mentioned in a post a few days ago that due to the rising water level at Folsom Lake I missed out on seeing the old Salmon Falls Bridge out of the water. I’ve actually walked across that bridge in the past, but that was several years ago, and I don’t seem to have any photos of that excursion. This […]
So many times on car trips I’ve wanted to stop by the side of the road to shoot a broken-down old barn or a field full of llamas that I chanced to spot. Usually, that doesn’t happen because I’m not driving and our timetable doesn’t allow for random stops. But this time, I’m driving and I’m on my own. If […]
During the busiest years of the California Gold Rush the town of Coloma boasted more than 70 structures — but these days only a handful of buildings remain standing along Highway 49/Main Street in the Marshall Gold Discovery State Park.
Chicago 1957 — I originally shared these images back in December 2017 and January 2018. Every time I look through these pictures, my desire to visit Chicago and see the museum (and all the other sights) for myself gets stronger! This dollhouse, belonging to silent film star Colleen Moore, was built in 1928 and has been on display at the museum […]
James Marshall really was one unlucky guy. All he wanted to do was work hard at his trade as a carpenter and millwright; but after he accidentally uncovered a small piece of gold in the American River his life was turned upside down. He no longer had the chance to work, and he never managed to profit from the historic […]