Thursday, October 28, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Sunday is Waffle Breakfast and Adventure Day!
...in which we make waffles and then go on an adventure. Basically this means picking a road and driving down it til we find something interesting.
Today we went to the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, where gold was discovered by a white man in 1848. The park is on the South Fork of the American River, and it was cool and beautiful and green.
Hydraulic mining caused great environmental damage- erosion, flooding, and mercury contamination.
South Fork of the American River
We hiked a half mile up a mountain to view California's first historic monument, a giant statue of James Marshall. No mention of the Southern Maidu (Nisenan) people who lived there first who did all the work.
Berkeley's Project Underground has done a good alternative history of the Gold Rush called
Gold, Greed, and Genocide that's worth a read.