Built in 1860, the Red Castle is Nevada City’s earliest surviving brick home. The four story Gothic Revival mansion, located on Prospect Hill, overlooks Nevada City. A near ruin in the mid-twentieth century, it was restored in 1963.
The California gold rush was an international event attracting gold seekers from around the world. The first large wave of Chinese immigrants to the United States came during the gold rush. Many towns had a “Chinatown,” a section where the Chinese lived and had their businesses.
This historic stone corral, located a few miles southwest of Jamestown, is probably familiar to those who’ve traveled Highway 108 between Oakdale and Sonora. We’ve traveled past this corral many times on photo trips to the central Mother Lode region.
When the topic of California's hard rock gold mining comes up, most people think of the large mines, such as the Empire Mine in Grass Valley, or the Argonaut and Kennedy Mines in Jackson. Actually, there were many small, independently owned, hard rock gold mines.
I was excited to find what remained of the gold rush era Swerer's Store when we first visited the Tuttletown area in 1975. We found portions of the front and a side stone wall standing, and we made this image from what had been the store’s interior.
What is one of the most prized possessions for most people? For many it is their family photographs. I recently read a blog post by Rob Pike about how most digital images today are not printed. He talks about how important it is to print the images you care about. Quoting from his post:
Did you know that the United States once had an emperor? No, not the King of England. Not in pre-colonial days. We're not talking about George Washington or any of the founding fathers. No, it was more recent than you may think.