Arnold Journals

In search of California Gold

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An April 2003 trip to Arnold by dswett1

Wawona Hotel Photo, Yosemite National Park, California More Photos
Quote: This is the story of our visit to the California Gold Country and Yosemite National Park.

In search of California Gold

Overview

California Gold Country Photo, Arnold, California
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Our travels through California's "Mother Lode" country were based out of Arnold, California which is not far off of highway 49 (the direct north/south route through the Gold country). Colorful history and scenic beauty are the prime attractions of this area. Many of the towns throughout this region have buildings dating back to the mid 19th century. Some have even been in continous use since that time. The flavor of the "Gold Rush" is captured in the towns along highway 49. Some of the towns are more prosperous than others but all retain ties to their roots of the mid to late 19th century. Another worthwhile trip while in this region is a visit to Yosemite National Park. This park was ma...Read More

Wawona Hotel

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Hotel

Wawona Hotel Photo, Yosemite National Park, California
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The venerable Wawona Hotel is a cluster of six, white wooden New England-style buildings set on a broad green lawn that was the site of Clark Station. Galen Clark, Yosemite's original superintendent and guardian, chose this spot the local Miwok Indians called "Pallachun" - "a good place to stop" - to build his rustic lodge in 1856. Clark Station quickly became a favorite place for lodging and refreshment for those traveling to Yosemite Valley. In 1875, Clark sold his establishment to Henry Washburn who renamed the site Wawona -- Miwok for "Big Trees". A year later, Washburn built Clark Cottage, the oldest structure in the complex, followed by the main hotel building in 1879. Wawona is...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 7, 2003

Wawona Hotel
Route 41, Curry Vlg South Entrance
Yosemite National Park, California 95389
(209) 375-6572

Mountain Retreat

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Hotel

Mountain Retreat Photo, Arnold, California
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Best Things Nearby:Minutes from Calaveras Big Trees State Park, historical "California Gold Rush" country, snow,2 hours from Lake Tahoe, (3 1/2 hrs in winter) 3 hours from Yosemite and 3 hours from most San Francisco Bay Area locations.Best Things About the Resort:The comfortable at home feeling one had upon entering this unit/complex. A nice touch was a plate of cookies waiting for us on the kitchen counter of our unit upon our arrival! VHS rental movies were available for rent ($1.00 per day/night)at the check-in desk or PG/PG13 movies were being played throughout the day on a closed circuit which was available on one of the TV channels in each of the units at no charge. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 7, 2003

Mountain Retreat
936 Cypress Point Drive
Arnold, California 95223
(209) 795-4447

Wawona Hotel Dining Room

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Restaurant | "Wawona Hotel"

Wawona Hotel Dining Room Photo, Yosemite National Park, California
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With its turn-of-the-century décor (the 19th century that is!), the Wawona Hotel's dining room is a Victorian gem - and the food is just as exceptional. It's a delightful spot to enjoy breakfast, buffet lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch - and to watch the Yosemite sunsets.

Tasteful, casual attire at dinner is requested to preserve the traditional atmosphere of the dining room. A collared shirt or blouse is recommended with slacks or a skirt. Seating is first-come, first-served, however, dinner reservations are required for parties of eight or more.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 8, 2003

Wawona Hotel Dining Room
Four miles from south entrance
Wawona, California 95379
(209) 372-1489

California Gold

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Story/Tip

Jackson Photo, Arnold, California
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Most of the world's gold was locked deep underground -- embedded in hard rock. But California gold was different -- easily accessible to anyone with a few simple tools and a willingness to work hard. Also unique was the political environment. California became a part of the United States just a few days after Marshall's discovery; and so the Gold Rush came before any meaningful government could be established. It was an unlikely intersection of anarchy and geology. Unlike anywhere else, the gold in California was easy to get and free for the taking. It was free -- and it was plentiful. Soon there was too much money in California and too little of everything else. The lessons of supply and demand...Read More