Ghost Towns along Highway 49
I am sorry to report I don’t have any images from our time spent in Portland. I was incredibly busy constantly visiting with friends and family, and shopping of course! What I do have to show for our trip though are some shots I took of some ghost towns. we visited during our journey back home.
Honestly, I can’t recall when I first fell in love with the old mining towns along California Highway 49. What I do remember though is being very young and marveling at the old buildings the small town of Mariposa, where my great aunt and uncle used to lived (they have since moved to Seal Beach). We visited them every so often during our trips to California, and I always loved returning to that town. California’s gold rush is a unique moment in time, and a driving force in California’s rich (no pun intended) history, much like the Spanish missions and Hollywood. The towns that sprung up from it continue to draw me in whenever I get the chance to drive through them.
After crossing the border between Oregon and California, we peeled off I-5 just before Sacramento and made our way down Highway 49 visiting Amador City, Sutter Creek, Mokelume Hill, Murphys, Angels Camp, and Columbia. Sadly, we didn’t make it into Mariposa (it’s hard to believe it’s been ten years since I was there) but there are still many more gold rush towns I wish to visit, and I know we will make it there one day. But today I just want to share with you some of the images I took during our visit to these quiet and peaceful towns.
A couple of years ago we visited Coloma, where gold was first discovered in California, and you can take a peek at here.
Patrick and I didn’t have much down time after getting home. In fact we are off to Joshua Tree for the weekend! So I better go repack my suitcase! I hope you all have a lovely weekend!
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8 comments on “Ghost Towns along Highway 49”
Your photo of the covered veranda with the turquoise columns is hauntingly beautiful, and makes me want to explore! Such pretty photos.
Thank you so much!
These photos are incredible! It looks like such a wonderful place to explore x
I love these kind of posts …. They want to make go back to the states and discover towns and other places … maybe I will be visiting one of those towns on our next trip …
Thank you! That means so much to me!
Really, really snaps of these marvelous historical corners. It’s hard to imagine any travel fan not feeling the lure of the road and the desire to explore them first hand, too (I certainly want to!).
xoxo ♥ Jessica
Thank you for this fabulous tour! I also love old gold rush towns and love visiting them in Australia. It’s interesting that the architecture is the same – I guess, same time period and so many of the gold diggers came from Ireland, England, Scotland…and spread to your country and mine, taking with them the buildings from their homelands. Looking forward to more travels with you. xx