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Small Towns: Columbia

In this working Gold Rush-era town, prices are modern day, but the rest takes you back to the 1850s. Columbia has the largest collection of Gold Rush-era structures in the state—livery stable, saloon, schoolhouse,...
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Small Towns: Jamestown

The first place gold turned up in Tuolumne County, Jamestown has buildings on its Main Street dating back to the 1870s. Take the Walk of Fame from downtown to Railtown 1897 (a state park...

Small Towns: Twain Harte

A tiny community off Highway 108, Twain Harte offers an interesting mix of activities, including golf and mini golf, all in the central town area, along with a membership-only lake—some local inns can extend...

Small Towns: Sonora

In Sonora, the seat of Tuolumne County, churches and circa-1850s architecture abound, including the gorgeous Red Church, as the St. James Episcopal Church is called by locals. At the Tuolumne County Courthouse, still in...
Mokelumne Hill

Small Towns: Mokelumne Hill

Take a quick swerve off Highway 49 down into Mokelumne Hill and you’ll see a charming library with outdoor bookshelves, the Hotel Léger building, Moke-A-Java coffeehouse, Renegade Winery (with a patio strung with market...

Small Towns: Copperopolis

Named for the copper discovered here before the Civil War, Copperopolis lies in Calaveras County off O’Byrnes Ferry Road about a dozen miles from Angels Camp. Near Lake Tulloch and a flat-top ridge called...
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Small Towns: Angels Camp

Famous for its association with Mark Twain’s short story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” inspired by a tale he reportedly heard at the Angels Hotel in 1865, Angels Camp is also known...
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Small Towns: Murphys

Oh, what fun you’ll find in Murphys, with its tree-draped Main Street packed with wine-tasting rooms, restaurants, boutiques, galleries, bed-and-breakfasts, even a floral shop with a white bird in a white cage you can...
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Small Towns: Volcano

In this little town (pop. 100 or so) 3 miles from Daffodil Hill (reminder, everybody: Daffodil Hill closed “indefinitely” two years ago), many of the community’s original buildings still stand. Life’s lively here, though,...
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Stories on Stage Anthology: Twenty Twenty

I am beyond honored to have my written work included among some outstanding talent in Stories on Stage Sacramento’s first anthology: “Twenty Twenty: 43 Stories From a Year Like No Other.” (ISBN 978-0-578-90606-5; $20)...