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Flickr Over Chilkoot Pass During The Gold Rush, Alaska
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Skagway, Alaska
News of the sensational discoveries of gold in Alaska in 1896-98, startled the world. Fifty thousand gold hunters from far and wide stampeded into Alaska. Distance and inaccessibility of the field, the hardships and vicissitudes only tended to make the diggings more attractive. To cross the divide over back-breaking hazardous Chilikoot Pass, a climb of 11 miles, is one the outstanding memories of a glamorous past.

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Climbing uphil - looks like in the Charlie Chaplin movie - The Gold Rush (Alaska)
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Flickr 062/366 - Gold Rush...

Day 62 - Yes - it's Friday. And, yes, I didn't really have anything planned. After a relaxing evening with friends over some wings, cold beverages, and a slow paced game of cornhole, I found myself at home relaxing & watching the show Gold Rush on Discovery Channel. I have this chain and snook pendant my wonderful wife got me for Christmas many years ago - and sooo.......

Not real happy about how it turned out - the soil was not dark enough to make the gold really pop I thought. But, I gave it a shot..... Happy Friday and thanks for looking !!

D200, Tamron 28-75, f/5.6, 75mm, 1/250, ISO100

SB-600, 1/8 into reflective umbrella camera right/high & crosslit with Minolta 5400xi camera left, bare @ 1/16

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I have taken a couple of days off from the computer to spend time with my friends and family. I don't have any particular shot to post tonight so I figured that I would pull one from my snapshot folder and post it up.

This is a picture of my friend Todd and I.

I hope that everyone had a great Christmas weekend!! I will get caught back up with everyone tomorrow. :)

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8 Second exposure of TV show Gold Rush Alaska
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Flickr Aranylaz_Alaszkaban2_GOLD RUSH: ALASKA 2
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Darren Zuck and Paul Behm pan for gold
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Under the old bank in Seattle. Apparently, the demands of prospectors returning from Gold Rush Alaska necessitated the first 24-hour teller!
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Google Todd Hoffman and it autocompletes to Todd Hoffman Idiot. Todd runs the crew at Gold Rush Alaska.

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Flickr Sentinel Island Lighthouse (3 of 3)
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Cries of “Gold! Gold in the Klondike!” sparked one of the greatest gold rushes in history. In 1896, when George Carmack and his two brothers-in-law discovered the precious metal where Bonanza Creek flowed into the Klondike River in Canada’s Yukon Territory, the area was almost uninhabited. Soon, however, an army of fortune seekers surged northward from Seattle and other Pacific port cities to try their luck in the gold fields.
The route taken by most of the stampeders led them to Skagway, situated at the northern terminus of Lynn Canal and the Inside Passage. From Skagway, the goldseekers still faced an arduous 600-mile trek before they could start panning in the frigid Klondike waters. In observation of the centennial of the Gold Rush, Alaska issued colorful license plates depicting the determined gold seekers threading their way up to Chilkoot Pass en route to the Klondike.

Before the influx of people produced by the gold rush, Alaska’s waterways were marked by an occasional buoy, but the United States had yet to build a lighthouse along the vast coastline it had acquired in 1867. Strong currents, fog, rain, and a rocky shoreline made navigating the Inside Passage most challenging, and in 1898 alone, over three hundred maritime accidents were reported along the twisting waterway. Something had to be done to improve navigation, and the Lighthouse Board requested a hefty sum of $500,000 in 1900 for constructing several lighthouses in Alaska. Congress, however, only budgeted a paltry $100,000, which was dedicated towards lights at Five Finger Islands and Sentinel Island. The following year, an additional $200,000 was granted, and the task of lighting Alaska’s coast was gaining momentum.

George James, a Juneau resident, was awarded the contract for the construction of the Sentinel Island Lighthouse and work on the project commenced in 1901. To reach the island from Juneau, one had to sail along Gastineau Channel to Auke Bay, and then follow Favorite Channel to its northern end where it joined Lynn Canal, a total distance of twenty-three miles.

The original Sentinel Island lighthouse was the only one of its kind built in Alaska. The lighthouse consisted of a square wooden tower attached to the center of the westerly front of a keeper’s duplex, which was a large, two-story building with hipped cross gables. Atop the tower stood a 13-foot-tall, steel and glass lantern room that housed a fixed, fourth-order Fresnel lens. The focal plane of the lens was forty-two feet above the island, and eighty-two feet about the surrounding water at high tide.

In addition to the lighthouse, the following outbuildings and structures were built at the 6.5-acre station:

A fog signal building, outfitted with a third-class Daboll trumpet.
An oil house.
A dock supported by wooden pilings.
A boat house located on the dock.
A hoist house, adjacent to the boat house used for transferring the station’s boat to and from the water.
A 360-foot tramway, constructed of steel rails and wooden ties, that connected the dock and lighthouse.

A second hoist house containing the equipment for pulling a wheeled cart along the tramway.
The construction cost for the entire station was $21,267, and the Sentinel Island Lighthouse was activated on March 1, 1902, though substantial work was still needed. Sentinel Island could not stake sole claim as Alaska’s first lighthouse as Five Finger Islands Lighthouse, located at the entrance to Stephens Passage some eighty-plus miles south of Juneau, went into service the same day.

Navigating Lynn Canal was still treacherous even with a light on Sentinel Island. Early in the morning of August 5th 1910, the Princess May was southbound from Skagway carrying 80 passengers and a crew of 68 when she ran aground on the northern end of Sentinel Island. The passengers were safely off-loaded on the island where the keepers did all they could to make them comfortable. Efforts to float the vessel off the island at high tide failed, so sliding ways had to be built and rock blasted away before the Princess May was finally pulled free on September 3rd. After a week of repairs in Juneau, she continued her journey south.

Unfortunately, all shipwrecks near Sentinel Island did not occur without loss of life. On October 24, 1918, the S.S. Princess Sophia was also traveling south from Skagway when in bad weather she slammed into Vanderbilt Reef. Passengers were thrown from their births and dishes fell shattered to the galley floor. The captain radioed approaching rescue vessels that there was no immediate danger and that the ship would likely float free at high tide. Later that day, however, it was evident that the ship was stuck fast on the reef. The lighthouse tender Cedar along with the steamer King and Winge were standing by, but the reef made approaching the stranded vessel difficult in the approaching darkness.

The rescue vessels sought safe harbor for the night by following the light from Sentinel Island, located just over four miles southeast of the reef. By morning, the winds had increased to gale force preventing the transfer of passengers. The rescuers waited for the storm to abate. By late afternoon, blowing snow and waning light hid the Princess Sophia from view. Then, at 4:50 p.m., the Cedar received the following distress message: “Taking water and foundering. For God’s sake come and save us.” Thirty minutes later, the ships final radio transmission was heard: “Just time to say goodbye. We are foundering.” 343 people perished. The only living creature to survive was an English Setter that showed up at Auke Bay two days later coated with fuel and oil.

During the 1930s, many of the original wooden lighthouses built in Alaska were replaced with stout concrete lighthouses built in an Art Deco style. Such a structure was constructed on Sentinel Island in 1935. When the new lighthouse neared completion, a wooden trestle was built between it and the old lighthouse, enabling the lantern room to be slid into place atop the new tower. The replacement lighthouse consisted of an eleven-foot-square tower that rose to a height of just over fifty feet from the eastern face of a two-story fog signal building, measuring 28 by 34 feet. Pilasters, placed at the corners of the tower and fog building, project a few feet about the roofline and give the otherwise plain lighthouse a distinct flair. Another ornamentation found on the tower was a crest exhibiting an eagle, a sailing ship, and a lighthouse.

No longer needed, the top of the tower was removed from the original keepers' duplex, but the dwelling continued to provide shelter for the keepers until the station was automated in 1966. At that time, the fog signal was discontinued and generators provided the power for the light. To reduce maintenance costs, the Coast Guard burned the distinctive dwelling to the ground in 1971 and added solar power to the lighthouse in 1987. The foundation of the original duplex/lighthouse is still clearly visible in the grassy area south of the modern lighthouse, while the foundation of the original fog signal building is just to the west.

On April 26th, 2004, Interior Secretary announced that the Gastineau Channel Historical Society was the recipient of Sentinel Island Lighthouse, the first Alaskan lighthouse to be transferred under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000. The society had been leasing the lighthouse from the Coast Guard for the previous six years and had demonstrated a commitment to preserving the historic buildings on Sentinel Island.

Present at the announcement ceremony was Governor Frank Murkowski, who has an interesting connection to Sentinel Island Lighthouse. In the early 1960s, Murkowski was stationed aboard the tenders Sorrel and Thistle, which regularly serviced the lighthouses of Southeast Alaska. Murlowksi recalled that “the Sentinel Island light was a particularly difficult one to service, because it has no good landing area and is exposed to the wind, sea, and swells of Lynn Canal. If the weather was not amenable, we didn't go in." Later, when Murkowski was serving as a U.S. Senator, he introduced the legislation, which now permits the transfer of lighthouses to deserving organizations.

Governor Murkowski concluded his remarks stating, “Lighthouses are a significant, historical part of the sea-going traditions of Southeast Alaska. I appreciate the efforts of Secretary Norton and the Department of the Interior, the Coast Guard, and the Gastineau Channel Historical Society to keep the lights burning brightly at the Sentinel Island Lighthouse for generations to come."

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Cries of “Gold! Gold in the Klondike!” sparked one of the greatest gold rushes in history. In 1896, when George Carmack and his two brothers-in-law discovered the precious metal where Bonanza Creek flowed into the Klondike River in Canada’s Yukon Territory, the area was almost uninhabited. Soon, however, an army of fortune seekers surged northward from Seattle and other Pacific port cities to try their luck in the gold fields.
The route taken by most of the stampeders led them to Skagway, situated at the northern terminus of Lynn Canal and the Inside Passage. From Skagway, the goldseekers still faced an arduous 600-mile trek before they could start panning in the frigid Klondike waters. In observation of the centennial of the Gold Rush, Alaska issued colorful license plates depicting the determined gold seekers threading their way up to Chilkoot Pass en route to the Klondike.

Before the influx of people produced by the gold rush, Alaska’s waterways were marked by an occasional buoy, but the United States had yet to build a lighthouse along the vast coastline it had acquired in 1867. Strong currents, fog, rain, and a rocky shoreline made navigating the Inside Passage most challenging, and in 1898 alone, over three hundred maritime accidents were reported along the twisting waterway. Something had to be done to improve navigation, and the Lighthouse Board requested a hefty sum of $500,000 in 1900 for constructing several lighthouses in Alaska. Congress, however, only budgeted a paltry $100,000, which was dedicated towards lights at Five Finger Islands and Sentinel Island. The following year, an additional $200,000 was granted, and the task of lighting Alaska’s coast was gaining momentum.

George James, a Juneau resident, was awarded the contract for the construction of the Sentinel Island Lighthouse and work on the project commenced in 1901. To reach the island from Juneau, one had to sail along Gastineau Channel to Auke Bay, and then follow Favorite Channel to its northern end where it joined Lynn Canal, a total distance of twenty-three miles.

The original Sentinel Island lighthouse was the only one of its kind built in Alaska. The lighthouse consisted of a square wooden tower attached to the center of the westerly front of a keeper’s duplex, which was a large, two-story building with hipped cross gables. Atop the tower stood a 13-foot-tall, steel and glass lantern room that housed a fixed, fourth-order Fresnel lens. The focal plane of the lens was forty-two feet above the island, and eighty-two feet about the surrounding water at high tide.

In addition to the lighthouse, the following outbuildings and structures were built at the 6.5-acre station:

A fog signal building, outfitted with a third-class Daboll trumpet.
An oil house.
A dock supported by wooden pilings.
A boat house located on the dock.
A hoist house, adjacent to the boat house used for transferring the station’s boat to and from the water.
A 360-foot tramway, constructed of steel rails and wooden ties, that connected the dock and lighthouse.

A second hoist house containing the equipment for pulling a wheeled cart along the tramway.
The construction cost for the entire station was $21,267, and the Sentinel Island Lighthouse was activated on March 1, 1902, though substantial work was still needed. Sentinel Island could not stake sole claim as Alaska’s first lighthouse as Five Finger Islands Lighthouse, located at the entrance to Stephens Passage some eighty-plus miles south of Juneau, went into service the same day.

Navigating Lynn Canal was still treacherous even with a light on Sentinel Island. Early in the morning of August 5th 1910, the Princess May was southbound from Skagway carrying 80 passengers and a crew of 68 when she ran aground on the northern end of Sentinel Island. The passengers were safely off-loaded on the island where the keepers did all they could to make them comfortable. Efforts to float the vessel off the island at high tide failed, so sliding ways had to be built and rock blasted away before the Princess May was finally pulled free on September 3rd. After a week of repairs in Juneau, she continued her journey south.

Unfortunately, all shipwrecks near Sentinel Island did not occur without loss of life. On October 24, 1918, the S.S. Princess Sophia was also traveling south from Skagway when in bad weather she slammed into Vanderbilt Reef. Passengers were thrown from their births and dishes fell shattered to the galley floor. The captain radioed approaching rescue vessels that there was no immediate danger and that the ship would likely float free at high tide. Later that day, however, it was evident that the ship was stuck fast on the reef. The lighthouse tender Cedar along with the steamer King and Winge were standing by, but the reef made approaching the stranded vessel difficult in the approaching darkness.

The rescue vessels sought safe harbor for the night by following the light from Sentinel Island, located just over four miles southeast of the reef. By morning, the winds had increased to gale force preventing the transfer of passengers. The rescuers waited for the storm to abate. By late afternoon, blowing snow and waning light hid the Princess Sophia from view. Then, at 4:50 p.m., the Cedar received the following distress message: “Taking water and foundering. For God’s sake come and save us.” Thirty minutes later, the ships final radio transmission was heard: “Just time to say goodbye. We are foundering.” 343 people perished. The only living creature to survive was an English Setter that showed up at Auke Bay two days later coated with fuel and oil.

During the 1930s, many of the original wooden lighthouses built in Alaska were replaced with stout concrete lighthouses built in an Art Deco style. Such a structure was constructed on Sentinel Island in 1935. When the new lighthouse neared completion, a wooden trestle was built between it and the old lighthouse, enabling the lantern room to be slid into place atop the new tower. The replacement lighthouse consisted of an eleven-foot-square tower that rose to a height of just over fifty feet from the eastern face of a two-story fog signal building, measuring 28 by 34 feet. Pilasters, placed at the corners of the tower and fog building, project a few feet about the roofline and give the otherwise plain lighthouse a distinct flair. Another ornamentation found on the tower was a crest exhibiting an eagle, a sailing ship, and a lighthouse.

No longer needed, the top of the tower was removed from the original keepers' duplex, but the dwelling continued to provide shelter for the keepers until the station was automated in 1966. At that time, the fog signal was discontinued and generators provided the power for the light. To reduce maintenance costs, the Coast Guard burned the distinctive dwelling to the ground in 1971 and added solar power to the lighthouse in 1987. The foundation of the original duplex/lighthouse is still clearly visible in the grassy area south of the modern lighthouse, while the foundation of the original fog signal building is just to the west.

On April 26th, 2004, Interior Secretary announced that the Gastineau Channel Historical Society was the recipient of Sentinel Island Lighthouse, the first Alaskan lighthouse to be transferred under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000. The society had been leasing the lighthouse from the Coast Guard for the previous six years and had demonstrated a commitment to preserving the historic buildings on Sentinel Island.

Present at the announcement ceremony was Governor Frank Murkowski, who has an interesting connection to Sentinel Island Lighthouse. In the early 1960s, Murkowski was stationed aboard the tenders Sorrel and Thistle, which regularly serviced the lighthouses of Southeast Alaska. Murlowksi recalled that “the Sentinel Island light was a particularly difficult one to service, because it has no good landing area and is exposed to the wind, sea, and swells of Lynn Canal. If the weather was not amenable, we didn't go in." Later, when Murkowski was serving as a U.S. Senator, he introduced the legislation, which now permits the transfer of lighthouses to deserving organizations.

Governor Murkowski concluded his remarks stating, “Lighthouses are a significant, historical part of the sea-going traditions of Southeast Alaska. I appreciate the efforts of Secretary Norton and the Department of the Interior, the Coast Guard, and the Gastineau Channel Historical Society to keep the lights burning brightly at the Sentinel Island Lighthouse for generations to come."


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Cries of “Gold! Gold in the Klondike!” sparked one of the greatest gold rushes in history. In 1896, when George Carmack and his two brothers-in-law discovered the precious metal where Bonanza Creek flowed into the Klondike River in Canada’s Yukon Territory, the area was almost uninhabited. Soon, however, an army of fortune seekers surged northward from Seattle and other Pacific port cities to try their luck in the gold fields.
The route taken by most of the stampeders led them to Skagway, situated at the northern terminus of Lynn Canal and the Inside Passage. From Skagway, the goldseekers still faced an arduous 600-mile trek before they could start panning in the frigid Klondike waters. In observation of the centennial of the Gold Rush, Alaska issued colorful license plates depicting the determined gold seekers threading their way up to Chilkoot Pass en route to the Klondike.

Before the influx of people produced by the gold rush, Alaska’s waterways were marked by an occasional buoy, but the United States had yet to build a lighthouse along the vast coastline it had acquired in 1867. Strong currents, fog, rain, and a rocky shoreline made navigating the Inside Passage most challenging, and in 1898 alone, over three hundred maritime accidents were reported along the twisting waterway. Something had to be done to improve navigation, and the Lighthouse Board requested a hefty sum of $500,000 in 1900 for constructing several lighthouses in Alaska. Congress, however, only budgeted a paltry $100,000, which was dedicated towards lights at Five Finger Islands and Sentinel Island. The following year, an additional $200,000 was granted, and the task of lighting Alaska’s coast was gaining momentum.

George James, a Juneau resident, was awarded the contract for the construction of the Sentinel Island Lighthouse and work on the project commenced in 1901. To reach the island from Juneau, one had to sail along Gastineau Channel to Auke Bay, and then follow Favorite Channel to its northern end where it joined Lynn Canal, a total distance of twenty-three miles.

The original Sentinel Island lighthouse was the only one of its kind built in Alaska. The lighthouse consisted of a square wooden tower attached to the center of the westerly front of a keeper’s duplex, which was a large, two-story building with hipped cross gables. Atop the tower stood a 13-foot-tall, steel and glass lantern room that housed a fixed, fourth-order Fresnel lens. The focal plane of the lens was forty-two feet above the island, and eighty-two feet about the surrounding water at high tide.

In addition to the lighthouse, the following outbuildings and structures were built at the 6.5-acre station:

A fog signal building, outfitted with a third-class Daboll trumpet.
An oil house.
A dock supported by wooden pilings.
A boat house located on the dock.
A hoist house, adjacent to the boat house used for transferring the station’s boat to and from the water.
A 360-foot tramway, constructed of steel rails and wooden ties, that connected the dock and lighthouse.

A second hoist house containing the equipment for pulling a wheeled cart along the tramway.
The construction cost for the entire station was $21,267, and the Sentinel Island Lighthouse was activated on March 1, 1902, though substantial work was still needed. Sentinel Island could not stake sole claim as Alaska’s first lighthouse as Five Finger Islands Lighthouse, located at the entrance to Stephens Passage some eighty-plus miles south of Juneau, went into service the same day.

Navigating Lynn Canal was still treacherous even with a light on Sentinel Island. Early in the morning of August 5th 1910, the Princess May was southbound from Skagway carrying 80 passengers and a crew of 68 when she ran aground on the northern end of Sentinel Island. The passengers were safely off-loaded on the island where the keepers did all they could to make them comfortable. Efforts to float the vessel off the island at high tide failed, so sliding ways had to be built and rock blasted away before the Princess May was finally pulled free on September 3rd. After a week of repairs in Juneau, she continued her journey south.

Unfortunately, all shipwrecks near Sentinel Island did not occur without loss of life. On October 24, 1918, the S.S. Princess Sophia was also traveling south from Skagway when in bad weather she slammed into Vanderbilt Reef. Passengers were thrown from their births and dishes fell shattered to the galley floor. The captain radioed approaching rescue vessels that there was no immediate danger and that the ship would likely float free at high tide. Later that day, however, it was evident that the ship was stuck fast on the reef. The lighthouse tender Cedar along with the steamer King and Winge were standing by, but the reef made approaching the stranded vessel difficult in the approaching darkness.

The rescue vessels sought safe harbor for the night by following the light from Sentinel Island, located just over four miles southeast of the reef. By morning, the winds had increased to gale force preventing the transfer of passengers. The rescuers waited for the storm to abate. By late afternoon, blowing snow and waning light hid the Princess Sophia from view. Then, at 4:50 p.m., the Cedar received the following distress message: “Taking water and foundering. For God’s sake come and save us.” Thirty minutes later, the ships final radio transmission was heard: “Just time to say goodbye. We are foundering.” 343 people perished. The only living creature to survive was an English Setter that showed up at Auke Bay two days later coated with fuel and oil.

During the 1930s, many of the original wooden lighthouses built in Alaska were replaced with stout concrete lighthouses built in an Art Deco style. Such a structure was constructed on Sentinel Island in 1935. When the new lighthouse neared completion, a wooden trestle was built between it and the old lighthouse, enabling the lantern room to be slid into place atop the new tower. The replacement lighthouse consisted of an eleven-foot-square tower that rose to a height of just over fifty feet from the eastern face of a two-story fog signal building, measuring 28 by 34 feet. Pilasters, placed at the corners of the tower and fog building, project a few feet about the roofline and give the otherwise plain lighthouse a distinct flair. Another ornamentation found on the tower was a crest exhibiting an eagle, a sailing ship, and a lighthouse.

No longer needed, the top of the tower was removed from the original keepers' duplex, but the dwelling continued to provide shelter for the keepers until the station was automated in 1966. At that time, the fog signal was discontinued and generators provided the power for the light. To reduce maintenance costs, the Coast Guard burned the distinctive dwelling to the ground in 1971 and added solar power to the lighthouse in 1987. The foundation of the original duplex/lighthouse is still clearly visible in the grassy area south of the modern lighthouse, while the foundation of the original fog signal building is just to the west.

On April 26th, 2004, Interior Secretary announced that the Gastineau Channel Historical Society was the recipient of Sentinel Island Lighthouse, the first Alaskan lighthouse to be transferred under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000. The society had been leasing the lighthouse from the Coast Guard for the previous six years and had demonstrated a commitment to preserving the historic buildings on Sentinel Island.

Present at the announcement ceremony was Governor Frank Murkowski, who has an interesting connection to Sentinel Island Lighthouse. In the early 1960s, Murkowski was stationed aboard the tenders Sorrel and Thistle, which regularly serviced the lighthouses of Southeast Alaska. Murlowksi recalled that “the Sentinel Island light was a particularly difficult one to service, because it has no good landing area and is exposed to the wind, sea, and swells of Lynn Canal. If the weather was not amenable, we didn't go in." Later, when Murkowski was serving as a U.S. Senator, he introduced the legislation, which now permits the transfer of lighthouses to deserving organizations.

Governor Murkowski concluded his remarks stating, “Lighthouses are a significant, historical part of the sea-going traditions of Southeast Alaska. I appreciate the efforts of Secretary Norton and the Department of the Interior, the Coast Guard, and the Gastineau Channel Historical Society to keep the lights burning brightly at the Sentinel Island Lighthouse for generations to come."

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Flickr Placer County Courthouse
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Placer County Courthouse
Placer County Superior Court
Constructed 1894-1898
Placer County
Auburn, California

After gold discovery in 1848 and the ensuing California Gold Rush of 1849, it was only a year later that the first murder occurred over, what else, gold! A judicial system was subsequently established for the area serving what is now Placer County, California. For almost 50 years, court was held in various structures ranging from a tent to a two story wooden building. Construction of the existing courthouse started in 1894. Some historic records indicate that gold and silver coins were sealed inside the cornerstone at that time. Judicial operations commenced here in 1898 when construction of the courthouse was completed. The courthouse is still in full use today, more than 100 years later.

The courthouse is located on the historic Lincoln Highway.

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Flickr Placer County Courthouse - Now and Then Comparison
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Placer County Courthouse - Now and Then Comparison
Placer County Superior Court
March 2009 View
Auburn, Placer County, California

As part of my historic photo project, I am taking photos to directly compare vintage views with those of modern day. At this site, I have linked the following photo from circa 1930's:

www.usgwarchives.org/ca/placer/postcards/aubch.jpg

If you launch the link and minimize both windows, then you can do a side by side comparison. I have not attached the vintage photo here since I do not own the copyright.

The courthouse itself has undegone virtually no cosmetic change! The primary dome does appear much more tarnished in the modern photo though.

On the modern grounds, the driveway has been widened to increase parking and an island has been added at the entrance (far right). Lighting standards have also been added. The granite curb between the grass and the sidewalk in the foreground may have been repaired at some point, but is virtually unchanged as well. Based on location, it appears that the tree on the right of the modern photo lines up perfectly with the tree in the historic photo, but the height is nearly the same. Is it the same tree? I don't know.

It is interesting to note that there are no flags flying in the historic photo.

If you can more closely date the historical photo by identifying the vehicles, please leave a comment or send me a flickrmail message.

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Here's information on the courthouse itself:

After gold discovery in 1848 and the ensuing California Gold Rush of 1849, it was only a year later that the first murder occurred over, what else, gold! A judicial system was subsequently established for the area serving what is now Placer County, California. For almost 50 years, court was held in various structures ranging from a tent to a two story wooden building. Construction of the existing courthouse started in 1894. Some historic records indicate that gold and silver coins were sealed inside the cornerstone at that time. Judicial operations commenced here in 1898 when construction of the courthouse was completed. The courthouse is still in full use today, more than 100 years later.

The courthouse is located on the historic Lincoln Highway.

Original caption based on public information.

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Flickr Summit Tunnel
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Great Summit Tunnel of the Sierra Nevada
Original North American Transcontinental Railroad Alignment
Central Pacific Railroad
Sierra Nevada Mountains
Placer County, California

Through this tunnel the first North American transcontinental railroad traversed the mighty Sierra Nevada Range. The 1,659 foot long summit tunnel took over 15 months of Chinese muscle and sweat to build. The Chinese painstakingly hand drilled, then blasted the granite rock with black powder and newly invented nitroglycerine. A vertical shaft took 85 days to complete and allowed tunnel construction to proceed from the center as well as from the portals. The most difficult obstacle facing the Central Pacific Railroad was overcome when the tunnel was completed in August 1867. The first passenger train passed through the tunnel on June 18, 1868. The last train went through in 1993. [Note: Text taken from historical monument placed near the summit tunnel].

Additional Observations and Notes

Based on the historical data, tunneling progressed at an average rate of 110 feet per month, or about 4.2 feet per day assuming a 6 day work week. Since we know that the tunneling progressed from the two portals toward the center as well as from the center toward the two portals, there were actually four faces being tunneled. That breaks the average tunneling progress down to about 1-ft per day at each face.

Modern train traffic traverses a new route in the near vicinity. The rails and ties were removed from the original tunnel following diversion of rail traffic in 1993.

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The artifacts from the gold rush were strew all along the trail. It mad you feel like the rush happened just yesterday!
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Flickr Rattlesnake Bar Bridge at American River - Now and Then Comparison
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Rattlesnake Bar Bridge at American River - Now and Then Comparison
February 2008 View
Placer County, California

As part of my historic photo project, I am taking photos to directly compare vintage views with those of modern day. At this site, I have linked the following photo from the 1870's:

Rattlesnake Bar Bridge Circa 1870

If you launch the link and minimize both windows, then you can do a side by side comparison. I have not attached the vintage photo here since I do not own the copyright. Here’s the history of the site:

After gold discovery in 1848 and the ensuing California Gold Rush of 1849, gold miners and the business proprietors who supported them were also busy making road and bridge improvements to facilitate transportation throughout the Sierra Nevada foothills. Everything from food to heavy equipment was moving into the hills from Sacramento and San Francisco to supply the increasing number of people working the mine tunnels and hydraulic mining operations. Opportunistic entrepreneurs and highly bankrolled partnerships were developing toll roads and toll bridges at key locations where travelers could avoid massive amounts of time and effort by paying the tolls and using the new infrastructure.

Throughout the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, Rattlesnake Bar was a key river crossing that linked the lower American River and its towns (Sacramento and Folsom) to the Middle and North Forks of the American River with access to major crossroads and facilities in Auburn and Colfax. The bridge was a single-span cable suspension structure supported on stone masonry piers.

In 1956, the US Bureau of Reclamation completed the 275-ft high concrete gravity dam across the lower American River at Folsom, California. The 975,000 acre-foot capacity reservoir formed by the dam typically inundates the historic bridge at Rattlesnake Bar. The bridge superstructure was removed long-ago, but remnants of the bridge piers and foundations emerge during periodic drought conditions.

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Flickr The American River Gorge – A Semi-Grand Canyon
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The American River Gorge – A Semi-Grand Canyon
North Fork of the Middle Fork of the American River
Sierra Nevada Mountains
Placer County, California

The North Fork of the Middle Fork of the American River flows a half mile (2,600 ft) below the summits of Mosquito Ridge to the left (south) and the Foresthill Divide to the right (north) in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. This area was made famous by the California Gold Rush of 1849. I can’t imagine packing all of my supplies in and out of these canyons by foot and horseback.

In modern day, runners in the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Race ascend and descend this canyon several times enroute to a total of 18,000 feet of climbing and 22,000 ft of descent -- all within 24-hours!!!

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Flickr Stone Fenceposts from a Granite Quary - Rocklin, California
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Stone Fenceposts
Placer County, California

By the late 1860’s, the original transcontinental railroad had been established through Placer County and into the high Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. At stops along the way, wood was at a premium for all kinds of uses; gold mining, community development, heating, and most of all for firing the hungry furnaces of the steam locomotives. As a result, granite quarries throughout Placer County sprung to life to provide stone for structures as far away as San Francisco. These stone fenceposts, silent sentinels of that bygone era, remain to this day in testament to a period when stone was more common than wood.

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Flickr Placer County Superior Court
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Placer County Superior Court
Constructed 1894-1898
Auburn, California

After gold discovery in 1848 and the ensuing Gold Rush of 1849, it was only a year later that the first murder occurred over, what else, gold! A judicial system was subsequently established for the area serving what is now Placer County, California. For almost 50 years, court was held in various structures ranging from a tent to a two story wooden building. Construction of the existing courthouse started in 1894. Some historic records indicate that gold and silver coins were sealed inside the cornerstone at that time. Judicial operations commenced here in 1898 when construction of the courthouse was completed. The courthouse is still in full use today, more than 100 years later.

The courthouse is located on the historic Lincoln Highway.

Original caption based on public information.
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South Yuba River
Bridgeport
Nevada County, California

Long lazy days of warmth yield to quickly crisp nights.
The foliage can't decide whether to live or die.
This is the cusp between green and yellow.
This is Indian Summer.

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South Yuba River Bridge (II)
Old Highway 49 Bridge across the South Yuba River
Nevada County, California

The rising popularity of the automobile in the 1920’s created a need for new roads and bridges. The State of California began building this rainbow-arch style concrete bridge in October 1921 and completed it in early 1922. Prior to this time, traffic to North San Juan or Downieville crossed the river at the existing Purdon’s Crossing Bridge about five miles upstream, or at the Jones Bar Bridge, which was dismantled in 1918, one mile downstream. In 1993, the California Department of Transportation built the present Highway 49 Bridge. The old bridge continues to service pedestrian traffic. [Note: historical description is from a State informational kiosk at the site].

Location
39°17'53.21"N, 121° 5'21.33"W
39.29811,-121.08926

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South Yuba River Bridge
Old Highway 49 Bridge across the South Yuba River
Nevada County, California

The rising popularity of the automobile in the 1920’s created a need for new roads and bridges. The State of California began building this rainbow-arch style concrete bridge in October 1921 and completed it in early 1922. Prior to this time, traffic to North San Juan or Downieville crossed the river at the existing Purdon’s Crossing Bridge about five miles upstream, or at the Jones Bar Bridge, which was dismantled in 1918, one mile downstream. In 1993, the California Department of Transportation built the present Highway 49 Bridge. The old bridge continues to service pedestrian traffic.
[Note: historical description is from a State informational kiosk at the site].

Location
39°17'53.21"N, 121° 5'21.33"W
39.29811,-121.08926

You've GOT to see the flood photo at this location by viewing the following link:

www.flickr.com/photos/moodyweaver/80015122/

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Victorian Home – Circa 1860
Photo taken September 2006 at a Structure Age of 140+ Years
522 East Broad Street
Nevada City, California

This stunning Victorian home is located at the top of Broad Street in a neighborhood of similar historic homes. I highly recommend viewing the HUGE version of this one to appreciate the detail of its woodwork, doors, stained glass, stone foundation and prominent spire.

Nevada City was twice burned to its foundations, first in 1856 and again in 1863. The oldest surviving structures today were rebuilt from their stone and masonry frames, or constructed anew after the last major fire.

Nevada City was a major center of banking, commerce and justice during the California Gold Rush era throughout the mid to late 19th Century. It was originally settled in 1849 under various names that included Coyoteville and Deer Creek Dry Diggings. The name Nevada, a Spanish word meaning “covered with snow” was bestowed upon the town in the 1850’s. When the neighboring territory later chose the same name to be adopted into statehood, the town’s name was changed to Nevada City to avoid confusion.

The location of this photo has been mapped on Flickr.

Notes to the Mentor My Photography, Please! Group:
Again, I wish the opportunities had been better for a "perspective", or more 3D view of the building. Trees blocked views to the left and power lines blocked better views to the right. Note the hefty underexposure bias ... I was trying to preserve the detail of the bright white. I find that the color and saturation are better than I usually get in exposures without bias though the details in shadow are definitely compromised.

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Iowa Hill Bridge
Iowa Hill Road at the North Fork of the American River
Placer County, California

The Iowa Hill Bridge is a twin of the Yankee Jims Bridge about 4.5 miles downstream. This is California gold country made famous by the Gold Rush of 1849!

Even on the day I shot this photograph, there were miners still working their dredges, sluice boxes and gold pans for the valuable placer gold that still exists in the hills and waters of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Gold seekers are warned to obey posted mining claims and private property. No claim jumpers allowed!

The Bridge

The 150± foot long, one-lane steel cable suspension bridge was constructed circa 1928 to serve as a reliable all-season link between the gold towns of Colfax and Iowa Hill, California. Cables are anchored into bedrock and supported by short steel towers resting on stone masonry piers at each end of the structure. This historic bridge has been closed to vehicular traffic, but remains servicable for pedestrians and cyclists. A new bridge for vehicular traffic has been constructed just downstream.

Location

39° 5'59.76"N, 120°55'29.38"W
39.09993,-120.92483

Local History

The town of Colfax was originally settled in 1851 as a supply depot and transportation crossroad for gold miners who came to California as part of the 1849 Gold Rush. A decade later the country was entangled in the Civil War. As a result, the Lincoln administration backed construction of a transcontinental railroad which they viewed as an investment to keep western states and territories from seceding from the Union, as well as a vehicle to provide wealth and resources to the North. Colfax found itself on the original transcontinental railroad alignment, and just a few miles from one of the most challenging topographic and geologic hurdles on the entire route – the Capehorn Promontory, a rail grade hewn from solid rock more than 1,300 feet above the North Fork of the American River. Colfax, originally known as Illinoistown, is named in honor of Schuyler Colfax who, in 1868, was elected vice-president of the United States on the Republican ticket headed by Ulysses S. Grant.

Gold was discovered in the vicinity of Iowa Hill in 1853 and by 1856 the local gold production was estimated at $100,000 weekly. The total value of gold produced near Iowa Hill has been estimated at $20,000,000 (see current dollar equivalents below). The town was destroyed by fire in 1857 and again in 1862, but each time the town was rebuilt with more substantial structures. The last fire to destroy the town occurred in 1920. [Note: Iowa Hill information is from California State Historical Marker No. 401].

Interesting

In 2005 dollars, the $100,000.00 weekly gold haul from 1856 Iowa Hill is worth:
$2.29 million weekly using the Consumer Price Index
$1.80 million weekly using the GDP deflator
$16.69 milliion weekly using the unskilled wage
$29.68 million weekly using the nominal GDP per capita

In 2005 dollars, the $20,000,000.00 total haul of gold from 1856 Iowa Hill is worth:
$458 million total using the Consumer Price Index
$361 million total using the GDP deflator
$3.34 BILLION total using the unskilled wage
$5.94 BILLION total using the nominal GDP per capita

Links to other items of related historical interest:

Chinese-American Contribution to the Transcontinental Railroad

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Yankee Jims Waterfall
Yankee Jims Road
Placer County, California

Just a little experiment here to learn more about photographing waterfall scenes. Notes to self for next time: 1) one-fifth the leaves or bring chainsaw, 2) 5 times more water flow or don't come in August, 3) find bigger waterfall, 4) take photo lessons. I DO love how the tree is growing on top of a rock! This wonderful little setting is on Yankee Jim's Road, a remote area in the Gold Country of California. Can you imagine sitting here and finding gold nuggets too? Now you're just dreaming!

Location
39° 2'21.00"N, 120°53'42.05"W
39.03917, -120.89501

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Yankee Jims Bridge
North Fork of the American River
Placer County, California

Shadow of Yankee Jims Suspension Bridge on Yankee Jims Road at the North Fork of the American River in Placer County, California. The cold, clean blue-green waters of the American River are fed by snow melt from high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. This is California gold country made famous by the Gold Rush of 1849!

Even on the day I shot this photograph, there were miners still working their dredges, sluice boxes and gold pans for the valuable placer gold that still exists in the hills and waters of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Gold seekers are warned to obey posted mining claims and private property. No claim jumpers allowed!

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Yankee Jims Bridge (II)
Yankee Jims Road at the North Fork of the American River
Placer County, California

This is California gold country made famous by the Gold Rush of 1849! The 150± foot long, one-lane steel cable suspension bridge was constructed circa 1929 to serve as a reliable all-season link between the gold towns of Colfax, Yankee Jims and Foresthill, California. Cables are anchored into bedrock and supported by short steel towers resting on stone masonry piers at each end of the structure. Current load limit is 3 tons.

Even on the day I shot this photograph, there were miners still working their dredges, sluice boxes and gold pans for the valuable placer gold that still exists in the hills and waters of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Gold seekers are warned to obey posted mining claims and private property. No claim jumpers allowed!

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Flickr Gold Mine Adit - California Gold Country - Sierra Nevada Mountains, California
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Gold Mine Adit
Placer County, California

There are hundreds, if not thousands of gold mines within the hillsides of California’s “Gold Country”, a vast area along the western flank of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Most mines have been dormant within the recent past, lacking either productive veins or sufficient price on the gold market.

The pipelines shown here are probably used to pump air and water into and out-of the mine, respectively. I'm not sure why the door is painted blue. Perhaps it's so the door is visible in the shadows so passers-by can see that the mine is locked up. It's definitely not for bats! For the mine owner's privacy, this photo is NOT mapped! Sorry!

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