Bayley’s Folly revisited

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 […]

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Roadside attractions

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 […]

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Marshall’s cabin

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 […]

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Chinese stores

When I first visited the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park as a young schoolkid, I was especially fascinated by the two small buildings known as the Chinese Stores. I think it was partly because these two small buildings are authentic structures from the 1850s, not replicas. I liked to imagine the Chinese miners going in and out of the […]

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