The grave mysteries of Calico’s historic cemetery

Calico, California’s official State Silver Rush Ghost Town, is a popular tourist attraction located in the Calico Mountains of Southern California’s Mojave Desert. This once prominent silver mining town, became a metaphoric graveyard by the early 20th century as it was… Read More

The Old Webster Schoolhouse: Alpine County’s historic and charming schoolhouse

The Old Webster Schoolhouse is a carefully restored and preserved late-19th century schoolhouse that served Alpine County from 1882 to 1928. This near-700 square foot structure was built on a hilltop, overlooking the small rural town of Markleeville and the surrounding… Read More

Mills Peak Fire Lookout: spectacular views of Lakes Basin Rec Area and Plumas County

The Mills Peak Fire Lookout is an active lookout located in Plumas National Forest and the Lakes Basin Recreation Area at an elevation of 7,300 feet. This lookout provides spectacular views of both Plumas and Sierra Counties, is staffed around the… Read More

The Spirit of Sacramento: an abandoned riverboat with a fascinating tale

Sitting along the Garden Highway is an incredible roadside attraction with a fascinating tale. This giant paddlewheel boat (the Spirit of Sacramento) was originally created as a snagboat, but went on to star in a Hollywood film, was owned by John… Read More

Kyburz Flat Interpretive Area: three historic eras in one scenic location

The Kyburz Flat Interpretive Area is Sierra County’s little known historic site that’s actually listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its blend of three different historic eras into one scenic location. Under the supervision of the Sierraville Ranger District, the Kyburz Flat… Read More

Donner Summit Train Tunnels: a historical journey through abandoned train tunnels

Truckee has been fondly referred to as “the most historical square mile in California.” And, perhaps, no site represents this historical significance better than Donner Summit, where the abandoned train tunnels are located. In addition to the remarkable tunnels, China Wall… Read More