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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 Private Car on Amtrak

I suppose this is related tangentially to what I’ve been posting, since it does involve traveling in the Sierras. Read on: It all started innocently enough. My friend Dan Rapak was traveling from Chicago to Oakland in a private car … Continue reading

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North Bloomfield & Malakoff Diggins (in trouble)

One of the delights of living here in the Northern Mines area is that history just oozes everywhere. One of the least visited California State Parks is not more than twenty five miles from Nevada City. It’s a shame really … Continue reading

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