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It feels like a miniaturized Yosemite when you first walk into Auburn Quarry Crags climbing park.
The big attraction is the covered bridge built in 1862 after floods washed out the previous structure. The Point Defiance trail loop provides great views and takes you through a variety of ecological settings.
South of Horseshoe bar you will come upon what is referred to as the NFD viaduct. This is an impressive structure built to conduct the water over a small ravine. Easily 15 feet tall and 40 feet in length, large granite blocks were carefully stacked to create what looks like a dam.
If you want to actually get to the base of the Birdsall Dam site, which was my goal, you have to be more adventurous. You must leave the Pioneer Express Trail and hike around the American River bottoms.
It was perhaps the first publicly finance railroad in California. Unfortunately, the Sacramento, Placer and Nevada Railroad was cut short by an even larger publicly financed railroad know as the Central Pacific. (Click on the photos to enlarge, full gallery of images at end of post.) Iron horse for commerce As soon as the Sacramento Valley Railroad [… Read More]
The new Rose Spring Ditch wound around the hill sides of the current Folsom Lake Estates and required two siphons.
Eric Kraft has been doing some research on the CCRR and has started accumulating information, photos, data and ephemera attached to the old rail road company.
The highlight for me was running through the old olive orchard. Even though many of the trees have died, a healthy stand of fruit bearing trees still exists.
Today, everything is dwarfed by Folsom Dam completed in 1958 and made the original 1895 Folsom dam, canal and powerhouse obsolete.
I was surprised at how both the interior and exterior elements of the mission would draw me in and provide a sense of comfort. This history explains the primitive but informative seismometer inside the mission.