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Cali-Thorn-ia Adventure - El Dorado county (mostly Placerville) and surrounding areas - The art of Thornwolf
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Cali-Thorn-ia Adventure - El Dorado county (mostly Placerville) and surrounding areas
Its been awhile since I updated with more vacation photos.

I went up to visit smokepaw in his home town of Placerville. I had never been there so I really didn't know what to expect. Buuuut upon further investigation...I'm totally sold on the place. Its GORGEOUS. And! Its within reasonable driving distance to Sacramento :D

First, a song to go with the photos as always

The Wallflowers - The Difference

A little brief (golden)nugget of info, Placerville used to be and is still commonly referred to as "Hangtown" due to the massive amounts of hangings that occurred there.
Also, one of its more notable residents is that jackass Thomas Kinkade. I KNOW WHERE HE LIVES NOW GUYS! >:D But overall, its an awesome western town with a lot of cool scenery and history.
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I mean how perfect is that?

So without further ado, (ok are you ready for this? cuz I couldn't resist the opportunity)..



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A bar built on the location of a hangman's tree, the stump is still in the basement apparently.
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The view from smokepaw's livingroom window. He lives on a street called "Great View". They weren't kidding :P
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This is how a man cooks dinner. HOO-RAH!
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This is in Columbia. This is about as cliche as it gets I think. Looks like a gunfights gonna erupt any minute :P
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I think this is somewhere by Sonora although I don't remember what it was called. Smokey? Where was this again?
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I'm pretty sure this was in Sonora..because I remember having delicious delicious BBQ soon after this picture was taken *drooooool*
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From: silber Date: April 30th, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Beautiful, just beautiful. Though it is a great shame they let this locomotive rot there.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: April 30th, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well I know the railroad in Placerville shut down sometime in the 80's so I guess there's not much left to do with em but make em town decorations, but yeah I wish they used stuff like that still. Theyre really stylish.

That one right there is pretty dinky though up close. I'd say half the size of the one in that museum Thomas took us too.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: April 30th, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, for scale, check out the stop sign in comparison to it.
smokepaw From: smokepaw Date: May 1st, 2007 12:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Actually, that locomotive there is known as a 'Shay' locomotive due to the reciprocating manner in which it moves and was named after its builder, Shay Locomotive Works. Instead of drive arms that attach to the wheels themselves and are driven by two big steam compression chambers, this one works on the same principle as your car. Three compression chambers on each side of the boiler pump up and down on an axle rod which turns the wheels by way of gears. I believe this locomotive was built sometime in the late 1800's for the Sugar Pine Lumber Company in Standard, California; just up the road from Sonora.

BTW, this sits at the entrance to the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora, California.

These locomotives were built for climbing mountains, had massive amounts of torque and power, but moved at a max speed of about 15 MPH. Slow, but affective. This particular locomotive was retired in the 1950's.
altonwings From: altonwings Date: April 30th, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Having grown up in Folsom (about 20 minutes from Placerville, towards Sacramento), I can say that it's a nice place to drive through.

We're looking at a serious possibility of moving back to California, specifically around Sacramento. It's strange... I really have grown to miss it (especially Apple Hill, just up from Placerville). I guess home really is where the heart is.
smokepaw From: smokepaw Date: May 1st, 2007 12:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, yes. Apple Hill in Camino. Good place to have a pie and some cider. ;)
corvidophile From: corvidophile Date: April 30th, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
absolutely stunning scenery!!
digitalis From: digitalis Date: April 30th, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, Alex was born in Sonora! :D
I would totally egg Kinkade's solid gold mansion everyday if I could.
smokepaw From: smokepaw Date: May 1st, 2007 12:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey, Sonora is where it's at! I worked there as a firefighter going on two and a half years before moving out. Nice place. :)
desertcoyote From: desertcoyote Date: April 30th, 2007 07:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cool. I miss those rolling green hills of CA....
From: kilojara Date: April 30th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very nice! I wish I had lived in a prettier part of NorCal. I'll be awhile before I ever get the chance to go back up there.
smokepaw From: smokepaw Date: May 1st, 2007 12:37 am (UTC) (Link)
The town in question is Jamestown, just to the southwest of Sonora. For a bit of historical fact, this is quite a famous place for a whole lot of different reasons. The Kennedy mine in Jamestown is where the single largest piece of gold in the whole world was found and mined from the ground in the late 1980's. It weighs well over 100 pounds, is priceless in value, and currently sits on display at Katt's Ironstone Vineyard in Murphys, California to the north.

Jamestown is quite a movie haven, as scenes from such movies as High Noon, Star Wars, and Back to the Future 3 were filmed here. Locomotive #3 at RailTown State Park in Jamestown is the most filmed steam train locomotive in the world, and thus the most famous. It has been seen in over 100 films, television shows, and documentaries. It stars in Back to the Future 3, Petticoat Junction, Little House on the Prairie, High Noon, Bonanza, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, and the list goes on.

Jamestown is also know as 'Hangtown', and Placerville is known as 'Old Hangtown.'

The chicken parmigiana that followed the hammering was rather delicious, though!
corvus_animus From: corvus_animus Date: May 1st, 2007 04:15 am (UTC) (Link)
You are making me miss my childhood :(

Sonora was so much fun! Went there in 4th grade :)
doc_halfmoon From: doc_halfmoon Date: May 1st, 2007 11:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow! ... What beautiful landscapes!!! =D
... and nice towns too! =)

(I promise: One day I'll visit those places!)
You have a wonderful view from your window Smokepaw! ;D

Just a question: Which are the prices ... if I would like to buy home there? :P ;D
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: May 1st, 2007 04:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
homes are very expensive in california but im not sure about that area. I'd LOVE to buy a home there myself but I don't think I'll ever be able to afford it. But since you're european and the euro has better value in comparison you might be able to easier than I ever would. i dont know exact prices, i only know prices for southern california.
doc_halfmoon From: doc_halfmoon Date: May 1st, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll try to find some information more in Internet ...
Anyway thanks for aswering! =)

I know ... the Euro has better value, but Italian Salaries are lower than American ones I suppose <:/ ... and I still don't have a job. Probably next year I'll start in Spain a little activity with my father.
gatcat From: gatcat Date: May 3rd, 2007 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Brings me back to my yoot. Nice shots!
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