Sunday, March 14, 2010

Volcano

 The very historic little town of Volcano is off Hi-way 88 above Jackson and just past Pine Grove up in the eastern sierra foothill mountains... I had never been to Volcano before and I was amazed at how much history there was in such a small little mountain town ... It was literally like the whole town was a museum ... There were red plaques describing  the year and the history of almost most every building in town ...
Also many different bronze historical landmark monuments can be found throughout the streets of volcano...Below are just a few ...If you click on these pictures you should be able to read the monuments ...

The first thing that I noticed was the bell tower as I started out through the streets of Volcano....
It was given to the town in appreciation for their support of president Abraham Lincoln during his campaign for office ... Just across the street from that is another piece of history from the Civil War ... This here big gun is Old Abe !
Old Abe is a weapon  possessed by the Volcano Blues ... The Volcano Blues were a group of Yankee soldiers who fought a big battle on this very sight against the Confederate Knights of the Golden Circle and won ...
There were other military monuments from the 1800s  on the streets of Volcano as well ... Such as this one here which tells the tale of a group of  American soldiers that camped and died  here in a hard Winter back in the 1800s ...
To the right of that is this cool old hydro mining nozzle and also notice the  small old shack on the side of the road  in the background in this shot ...
That was the jail house in Volcano built in 1852 ... That looks like a real miserable place to spend a hot summer day in Volcano then or now ... On down the road about a hundred feet is  Volcano Park ...
Which is basically right across the street at the middle of town and  full of interesting rocks and giant oaks adding to the beauty of this hidden historic little town..
. Across the road from Volcano Park  there were many different original buildings that are still in use today ...
Each of which had a red historical plaque telling of  its origin ...
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For instance here is a picture of the Volcano Saloon where apparently Moose Milk originated ...

At the edge of town just off the road  there was a large white Victorian mansion placed right  on the banks of  Sutter creek on  a beautifully landscaped  piece of property  ...
This shot shows  how beautiful Sutter creek is as it snakes its way  through the berry bushes on this property ...
You know  that tranquil peaceful place that people go in their head when they get knocked out for a second ? This piece of property  is one of those places ... Its that nice !
  There are many historical places and  buildings to see here in Volcano that are still in operation today... A great example is  the St.George Hotel pictured below...
... My favorite building by far though was the Volcano Country Store ...
This store is the longest  continually running store in the entire state of California ...

My family had lunch there and they cooked my burger on an antique wood burning stone hearth grill from the 1800s ...The same one they have been using for all these years ... It was a real kick to be in there with my family eating lunch cooked on a historic old grill served in the oldest Country Store in the entire Wild  West ... The burger was delicious by the way ...
Unfortunately for us  Daffodil Hill was closed while we were there which is what brought us to Volcano in the first place ... Click HERE to see it ...Opening day is  March 20th ... Daffodil Hill is a wonderful Springtime tourist attraction whose name speaks for itself ... It is a huge hill completely covered in yellow  Daffodils ... It is about 3 miles up the mountain from the town of Volcano ... We plan to return to these mountains again in the  Springtime to enjoy Daffodil hill in all its splendor ...      
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