Mining Hub Area of California Gold Rush

Trip Start Sep 15, 2012
Trip End Mar 15, 2013

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Where I stayed
Dutch Flat RV Campground
What I did
Mid 1800's Villages

Flag of United States  , California
Friday, November 2, 2012

      This little town by the name of Dutch Flat, just off highway 80, at the turnoff by the same name, is located between Sacramento, the capital of California and Reno, Nevada. .

On arrival here Friday night, we met with Glenda's cousin John (his wife Cliles was ill) and his younger son Kyle, at a restaurant across the RV campground where we were staying.  They came from a town called Alta several minutes away.
While they shared memories, Kyle and I talked about among other things, of his potential future plans, perhaps future travels, etc. Good luck to you in your plans and job potentials for the future Kyle.

On another note, this restaurant has a distinct warm and pleasant atmosphere reflecting the character of the people of this area. Laid back, pleasant, friendly and polite to the max. Even the deer stops to let you cross the street! 
We knew that time flew when we had to be reminded that the dinning area was not closing but was now closed. Politely, were told that the bar was still open but we all decided to go back to the motorhome for a more intimate and personal time. Realizing that it was almost midnight, we stopped the chatter until tomorrow.

Saturday, John took us around some towns and had more historical surprises just as it happened early on in the trip.
Nevada City, do not confuse it with the State of Nevada, is only twenty minutes ride from here. It used to be the main hub town of the California Gold Rush, where people from all over the world came to try their luck on the shiny stuff. Memorabilia of those times is present with each step you take down main street and even the surrounding  area. The old mining town appearance is still intact. Also, many Victorian homes were built in the mid 1800's and are superbly kept. It seems that the passing of time is at a stand still here. The locals, as late as mid 1980's made a decision to revive their dying city into a tourist area since the gold was gone, the mines were closed and the young people were all leaving. They successfully have turned Nevada City into an artsy and somewhat bohemian town. It has also become a retirement haven and real state prices are now skyrocketing.
A movie was filmed here not long ago by the name of The Christmas Card and at that time of the year, for what we hear, it really becomes one.
Sunday, Cliles, now feeling a bit better, join us and all of us minus Kyle, went for brunch to a mountain restaurant and a walk through the woods.
Thank you guys for such picturesque and cool weekend!
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Sylvie on

WoW! This town really reminds me of Meaford! Glad you had a great weekend. XOXOXOXOX

gail mcclain on

So this isn't too far from where Mac and I MAY retire. Northern Nevada outside of Reno, an area called Spanish Springs, take a look... Enjoy... YES, I DO MISS CALIFORNIA AND THE WEST COAST... but I am enjoying my adventure here as long as I can keep dodging the weather bullet. Can't wait to see you.

Anne-Marie on

The building remind me a little of the stage for the show in Medora ND.

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