Wednesday, August 19, 2009
www.coarsegoldhistoricmuseum.org. A Research book called "As We Were Told, is a collection of family histories and stories of the Eastern Madera County dating back to the 1800's and is available for purchase.
The Adobe was used as a way-station for the horse and mule drawn freight wagons that needed blacksmith work and fresh animals. Several families have lived there and it was used as a building to store hay at one time. It dates back to the 1870's.
With a Grant from the Chukchansi Indian Casino, the school house has been refurbished and is available for use as a meeting room.
Monday, August 17, 2009
It is completely funded by donations from the public. The Historical Society was organized in 1980 at the home of Marjorie Jackson and after a few location changes, they purchased the Willow Glen Property with the barn and old Adobe. Items have been donated and stories collected regarding the history of this area. Much of the history of this area is tied in with the gold panning, mining and ranching. That is the reason for the name Coarsegold. There is gold in them thar hills.. or at least they say so..
Friday, August 14, 2009
I especially enjoy watching Wayne as Father Christmas handing toys out to the local kids during the holidays.
Wayne has a little store in the Historic Village and can also be found at his home studio. His listing is in the Sierra Art Trails catalogue.
After the first fall rain, usually in Sept. or Oct we have tarantulas crossing the street. No, not scary, just part of nature. We live in the country. Good reason to have a Tarantula Festival. If you have a chance to attend, look for Wayne's big big wooden Tarantula at the Historic Village in "down town" Coarsegold and enjoy the fun.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Sunflowers are exciting and beautiful. This year we had volunteers (did not plant them) all over the area near the house, and in the fields. Last year I had planted a variety in one area, this year none were in that planter box. The birds had scattered them on the slope and on the other side of the road. The color has to make you smile. Some are one foot tall, and others have grown to over 12 feet. They are just starting to fade due to the hot summer days and we can not water all of them. I have noticed a few weather the heat and no water just fine.. Want to have more of that type sprouting up next year. Enjoy your hot summer days, and remember to smile.