Tag Archives: Tuolumne City

Off the beaten track; hidden gems close to San Joaquin County

Winter will soon officially arrive, along with holiday houseguests and kids soon to be out of school. What to do, for outings for a day, or longer? Here are several destinations within an hour for day tours, or a bit further for multi-day tours that are just right for winter months – offering usually sunny […]

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Sonora, visitor-friendly cross-roads of Gold Rush and lumbering history!

      The Sugg-McDonald House dates to the mid-1850s, built on the property of a former slave; it is in process of being renovated.  The old City Hotel, opened in 1852, anchors the historic downtown Sonora business district. Sugar Pine Railroad Engine #3 worked the Sierra for many years, bringing logs out of the mountains to […]

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California Gold Rush trail, south to Columbia, Sonora and Tuolumne City (Part III in a series)

  Columbia’s old firehouse was made to both withstand fire (with tin sheathing to withstand flames) and to fight fires that often ravaged Gold Rush cities. Columbia’s main street is closed to vehicle traffic; you’ll find docents ready to share what the city was like in 1855. The eves of an old Westside Lumber building […]

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