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. We had long wanted to photograph the corral but for various reasons we never stopped when in the area. But in the Spring of 2011 we had time to stop and the weather and light were great for making a photograph.
The corral is on the Rosasco Ranch, but the corral pre-dates the ranch. It was built in the early 1850s as part of a way station on the Stockton-Sonora Road. Teamsters (freight haulers), and other travelers, would stop at the way station overnight on their way to or from Stockton and the gold mines. Highway 108 closely follows that historic route in this area.