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Dutch Flat

2009.03.08
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I guess heated rooms were a novelty at one time. Imagine that.
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The Dutch Flat Hotel.
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A view from the front. Note how the foundation dips down in the middle.
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I thought it was interesting how the porch railing just follows the drop in elevation.
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Another view, to give it perspective.
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I wanted to sit a spell. This looks so relaxing.
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The back side of the hotel.
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More of the backyard.
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This classic old stove is now a yard ornament
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I have no idea when the 2nd and 3rd stories were built. Too funny.
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The Oddfellows Hall on the left, and the Masonic Temple on the right. Both date from 1856.
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The Post Office, also dates back the 1850s
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This was the front door to the Real Estate office.
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The Methodist Church. There was a huge, ugly utility pole just to the left. Too bad underground utilities didn't exist when they brought in electricity.
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The Community Center, across the street from the church.
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This is a hydraulic mining monitor. See the plaque below for details. These were used extensively in the mining effort. Extremely destructive to the environment. They would never be allowed today.
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One of many cool old houses in Dutch Flat
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This house was right next door to the church
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Note the pile of snow on the roof, left over from last weeks storms. Almost all the houses have steep metal roofs. Best roofing material for heavy snow country.
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Same house.
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The house across the street.
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Fixer upper.
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Catdad & I went out today for a photo shoot. We weren't sure where we were heading, but we ended up in Dutch Flat, CA, just a few miles up the road from where we live.

Dutch Flat is in California's Gold Country. The town first began as a mining town in the 1850s. Millions of dollars of gold was mined out of this area in the 1850s & 60s. During that period there were over 2000 Chinese living here while working in the mines. Some of the original buildings still stand. Dutch Flat has not been commercialized like so many other towns in the gold country. Kind of cool to be a tourist in my own backyard!!
14 Comments
dgarun What a wonderful place to stay and explore! Love the house shot with snow on the roof. Thanks for telling us the history of this place too. :-).
dgarun · 2009-03-09: 01:37
pattyb Holy cow, after all this history if Huel Howser hasn't been there he'll sure want to if he sees this post!! ; ) Makes me think of Pettycoat Junction! Thanks for the tour, I love the houses!
pattyb · 2009-03-09: 02:05
joycephotography Great shots.
joycephotography · 2009-03-09: 02:40
lookagain Looks like a wonderful place to explore with a camera - you got some great shots!! Really love the pictures of the old hotel - interesting building - is it still in use?
lookagain · 2009-03-09: 09:44
catdad Nice set jannie, great shots of the hotel and thanks for lunch at the "Frog". cd
catdad · 2009-03-09: 10:46
urmysunshine what a quaint tow, you caught it well!!~
urmysunshine · 2009-03-09: 13:13
TheCrazyCroat What an awesome place. I could spend hours upon hours shooting there.

Your pics are awesome. #20 almost looks identical to the house my Grandpa was born in.

Great series!
TheCrazyCroat · 2009-03-09: 14:12
lynnsgallery2 Love the shots and the story!!! A great find in your backyard...thanks for sharing. I love the funny captions with the photos :))
lynnsgallery2 · 2009-03-10: 19:21
jagungal looks like a good place to be — interesting post J.
jagungal · 2009-03-11: 06:12
????? Thanks for sharing it looks like you had a perfect day out in nice surroundings
????? · 2009-03-14: 08:47
????? An interesting and informative set Jannie - love those old gold mining places around your place.
????? · 2009-03-14: 18:47
youlookmahvelous Fun to visit little historic towns like this, I know what you mean about the utility poles, I have lost many a good shot to them.
youlookmahvelous · 2009-03-15: 18:02
chrisbuchan really interesting set, I've been doing that a little this spring break, great fun!!
chrisbuchan · 2009-03-21: 02:24
ScubaLiz What a cool old town! Thanks for taking us on a tour!
ScubaLiz · 2009-03-27: 00:29
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