CalExplornia

By Rick Rockwell | Exploring California's history, mysteries, roadside attractions, haunted locations, stunning landscapes and more!

The Bridgeport Covered Bridge: a National Landmark spanning the South Yuba River

(Last Updated On: December 15, 2016)<p>The Bridgeport Covered Bridge has become a cherished landmark within Nevada County, California. It’s also …

Nevada County's lost and forgotten town of Cherokee

(Last Updated On: December 12, 2016)<p>One of the many Gold Rush towns to have graced and disappeared from Nevada County was the once prosperous town of …

The Church of the Immaculate Conception: Smartsville’s historic catholic church

(Last Updated On: December 9, 2016)<p>As the years pass by, churches from the Gold Rush era are becoming harder to find. Many of the Gold Rush towns …

Timbuctoo: a once prominent town of Yuba County's distant past

(Last Updated On: December 5, 2016)<p>Californian’s don’t have to journey to Africa or trek off to a remote location in the middle of nowhere to …

The Butte Store: a historical reminder of the forgotten Butte City

(Last Updated On: November 11, 2016)<p>Along Highway 49 in Amador County, stands a historic structure too proud to fade into the past like the town it …

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Columbia School House: the old red brick school on a hill

(Last Updated On: October 21, 2016)<p>The Columbia School House is believed to be the oldest surviving two-story brick schoolhouse in California. Built …

The Round Lake Trail: from Carr Lake to Island Lake and beyond

(Last Updated On: October 19, 2016)<p>Located in the heart of the Tahoe National Forest is the Grouse Ridge non-motorized area, which is filled with …

The Grouse Ridge Lookout: one of California’s oldest lookouts with amazing views

(Last Updated On: October 7, 2016)<p>The Grouse Ridge Lookout is one of the oldest lookouts in all of California. Built in 1923, this fire lookout was …

The Barn: West Sacramento's instant iconic structure

(Last Updated On: September 20, 2016)<p>Located on the waterfront of West Sacramento is quite possibly one of the coolest and most unique buildings I …

The historic Forest City schoolhouse in Sierra County

(Last Updated On: September 17, 2016)<p>Located at an elevation of 4,500 feet, in the foothills of the Tahoe National Forest, Forest City is Sierra …

Hidden Falls Regional Park: plenty of beauty to find in this park

(Last Updated On: September 17, 2016)<p>Hidden Falls Regional Park is appropriately named due to its “hidden” location in the Sierra Foothills between …

Cronan Ranch Regional Trails Park: all quiet on the set of Coloma-Lotus

(Last Updated On: September 17, 2016)<p>Cronan Ranch Trails Park is located off historic highway 49 in the Coloma-Lotus valley, near Pilot Hill. This …

Bassi Falls: it's all in the timing

(Last Updated On: September 19, 2016)<p>Bassi Falls is a stunning seasonal 110 foot waterfall located in the El Dorado National Forest of El Dorado …

Wrights Lake is the right choice for hiking, kayaking, camping and scenery

(Last Updated On: September 14, 2016)<p>With an elevation of nearly 7,000 feet, Wrights Lake (Wright’s Lake) is a beautiful recreation area located in …

Forest City: Sierra County’s authentic Gold Rush ghost town

(Last Updated On: September 16, 2016)<p>Forest City, appropriately named because of its location in the Tahoe National Forest, was settled in the summer …

South Fork American River: From Iowa Canyon Waterfalls to Slab Creek Dam

(Last Updated On: March 21, 2016)<p>Along the South Fork American River, in El Dorado County, sits the Slab Creek Dam which was built in 1967. This …

Webber Falls: Sierra County's Little Known Waterfall

(Last Updated On: May 14, 2016)<p>Located roughly 30 minutes northwest of Truckee, sits one of the region’s most remarkable waterfalls. In fact, during …

China Wall: Truckee’s memorial to the Chinese laborers who transformed America

(Last Updated On: June 3, 2016)<p>Located at Donner Summit, in Truckee, CA, is a memorial dedicated to the Chinese laborers known as “China Wall.” This …

Donner Pass Petroglyphs: remnants of the mysterious Martis people

(Last Updated On: May 28, 2016)<p>Prior to covered wagons, the Donner Party, the Gold Rush and the railroad, Donner Pass was home to an ancient Native …

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

(Last Updated On: May 28, 2016)<p>Truckee has been fondly referred to as “the most historical square mile in California.” And, perhaps, no site …

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

(Last Updated On: May 31, 2016)<p>The Kyburz Flat Interpretive Area is Sierra County’s little known historic site that’s actually listed on the National …

Glen Alpine Falls: one of Tahoe’s most popular waterfalls

(Last Updated On: June 5, 2016)<p>Glen Alpine Falls is an impressive waterfall during peak season. At roughly 65 to 70 feet high, this waterfall is …

Angora Fire Lookout: a historic lookout with epic views

(Last Updated On: June 11, 2016)<p>The Angora Fire Lookout, also known as Angora Ridge Lookout or Angora Lookout, is perched on the Angora Ridge above …

The Angora Lakes: a magnificent family hike to a perfect summer destination

(Last Updated On: June 11, 2016)<p>The Lake Tahoe Basin is filled with many exciting trails that lead to breathtaking destinations. One such trail that …

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

(Last Updated On: June 16, 2016)<p>Sitting along the Garden Highway is an incredible roadside attraction with a fascinating tale. This giant paddlewheel …

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

(Last Updated On: July 7, 2016)<p>The Mills Peak Fire Lookout is an active lookout located in Plumas National Forest and the Lakes Basin Recreation Area …

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

(Last Updated On: July 17, 2016)<p>The Old Webster Schoolhouse is a carefully restored and preserved late-19th century schoolhouse that served Alpine …

The grave mysteries of Calico’s historic cemetery

(Last Updated On: July 25, 2016)<p>Calico, California’s official State Silver Rush Ghost Town, is a popular tourist attraction located in the Calico …