Category Archives: Sierra Nevada History

The Empire Mine State Historic Park, Grass Valley, California

Most of you know that I tend to favor black and white photography but there are many shots just crying out for color, like this one. The red roofs are a corrugated tin that is highly reactive. Within two years … Continue reading

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The Empire Mine

Dear readers, I haven’t forgotten you. I’m heading back to Nevada to finish the book in October. In the meantime I started a photo series on the Empire Mine State Historic Park in Grass Valley, California. I am a volunteer … Continue reading

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The Lincoln Highway in Basin and Range – Chapter Two – Reno and Sparks

The Lincoln Highway Monument Just west of Reno on I-80 is a Lincoln Highway monument worth stopping for. I include it here because it serves a a kind of gateway to west 4th Street, Reno’s Lincoln Highway route for the … Continue reading

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A Short Ride to La Porte

The weekend began with lots of preparation of The Hussy for a club trip up to LaPorte, an old mining town in the mountains about sixty five miles by road from home. Tire pressure, lubrication, electrical, etc. The tools were … Continue reading

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Malakoff Diggins and North Bloomfield (in trouble)

One of the delights of living in the Northern Mines area of California is that history just oozes from everywhere. No where is this more apparent than the old hydraulic mines of Malakoff Diggins. Close by and closely related to … Continue reading

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Smartsville, California

Smartsville is one of those interesting little mining camps in the Sierra foothills that made its fortune on hydraulic mining. From the nearby bridge over the Yuba River you can get a great view of the washed cliffs that yielded … Continue reading

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A Short Trip in Winter

So I’ve been quiet for a bit but when you have a newly acquired Model T you spend a lot of time under the hood and under the chassis. I spend so much time in fact that my wife has … Continue reading

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Dutch Flat

The Dutch Flat and Donner Lake Wagon Road of 1863 started in (guess where) . . . Yesterday was nice enough, being between storms, that my wife and I decided to go out for lunch and I recommended the Dutch … Continue reading

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Near Big Bend and Cisco Grove

The Lincoln Highway in the vicinity of Big Bend still contains many bridges of the type erected in 1926. Near Big Bend on the old highway is the Rainbow Lodge built in 1863 and still in use. It is very … Continue reading

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The Dutch Flat and Donner Lake Wagon Road – 1864

The road that eventually became the Lincoln Highway over Donner Pass was meant to take traffic away from other wagon roads in the area and in that is was a great success. The photograph above dates from the very early … Continue reading

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