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De Lauers Super Newsstand
Oakland, California

De Lauers Super Newsstand

The newsstand that never closes its doors—well, almost never
37.8038, -122.2715
The Craycroft Building today.
Downieville, California

Craycroft Building

Downieville's largest Gold Rush structure still standing has one of the longest bars in California
39.5675, -120.8122
Berkeley, California

Sather Tower

The century old tower at UC Berkeley is the third tallest bell and clock tower in the world, home to 61 bells and some fossils.
37.8721, -122.2578
Fuller St., part of the main drag.
Bridgeport, California

Bodie State Historical Park

Standing in a state of "arrested decay", this ghost town allows for a detailed peek into Gold Rush life in an unusually harsh climate
38.2088, -119.0142
Tufa tower on south shore of Mono Lake
Lee Vining, California

Mono Lake

Aqueducts have dramatically changed this old lake, now home to tufa towers and its very own species of tiny brine shrimp
38.0165, -119.0093
The original water tower and oil supply
Bishop, California

Laws Railroad Museum

The echoes of a railroad town that solemnly mark the end of the line
37.4005, -118.3464
One of the two source pools in the second crop of hot springs.
Inyo County, California

Saline Valley Hot Springs

A hard-to-reach oasis in a desolate corner of Death Valley National Park
36.8056, -117.7734
"Pioneertown 1946".
Pioneertown, California

Pioneertown

A fake town founded by Western movie stars is now becoming a hip desert community.
34.1564, -116.4986
A model of one of Gilmore's aircraft, the Bat Wing Monoplane
Grass Valley, California

Lyman Gilmore Middle School

A middle school sports field that many believe was the true location of the first successful powered flight - and not by the Wright Brothers
39.2230, -121.0740
Welcome to Rough and Ready!
Rough and Ready, California

Rough and Ready

The first U.S. town to secede from the Union, only to vote themselves right back in
39.2303, -121.1350
Nevada City, California

Nevada Theatre

California's oldest existing theater building hosted an impressive cast of celebrities, including hosting Mark Twain's first lecture
39.2631, -121.0192
Grass Valley, California

Swan Levine House

Built in 1895, this bed and breakfast was once a hospital that served an early 1900s Gold Rush boomtown
39.2157, -121.0666
Obscura field agents enjoy their cave drinking
Nevada City, California

Old Stonehouse Brewery

A watering hole where the options for seating include a bar, patio, or subterranean cave
39.2616, -121.0162
The most recognizable engine in the museum, Engine #5
Nevada City, California

Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum

"You don't need a rocket scientist to build a steam engine, but we've got one." -Museum docent on the credentials of a restoration volunteer
39.2495, -121.0191
The Statues of Ken Fox
Auburn, California

The Statues of Ken Fox

Dentist's hated concrete colossi are now beloved icons of the community
38.9077, -121.0740
Del Oro theater's art deco spire
Grass Valley, California

Del Oro Theater

A fine mixture of the old and the new topped with an art deco neon spire
39.2173, -121.0630
The entrance to the former train depot
Grass Valley, California

Kidder Mansion Site

An abandoned lot littered with concrete debris was once the home of the world's first female railroad president
39.2172, -121.0572
Los Angeles, California

Norton Sales Inc.

Space program, pneumatics and more, bits and pieces, for movie sets or the common man
34.2056, -118.3969
Aerial view
Pasadena, California

Rose Bowl

Sports history, made in the Arroyo Seco
34.1610, -118.1675
Wrigley Mansion grounds
Pasadena, California

Wrigley Mansion

Originally the home of chewing gum mogul William Wrigely Jr, it is now the offical offices of the Tournament of Roses
34.1392, -118.1601
Side view of the bridge
Pasadena, California

Colorado Street Bridge

A Masterpiece with a Tragic History
34.1453, -118.1630
Gamble House
Pasadena, California

The Gamble House

A stellar example of Art & Crafts architecture, and a movie set to boot
34.1517, -118.1608
"The Star Factory
Pasadena, California

Pasadena Playhouse

"The Star Factory" cranked out Hollywood stars like nobody's business
34.1450, -118.1370
Thomas Paine
Pasadena, California

Thomas Paine Society

Political debates in a fabulous Pasadena castle
34.1439, -118.1494