Northern California November 11, 2016
These 6 Unbelievable Ruins In Northern California Will Transport You To The Past
There’s quite a bit of glitz and glam in Northern California. New stores, houses and communities sometimes seem to pop up left and right. It’s easy to overlook the amazing history we have here. These incredible ruins tell amazing stories about the people who made their lives here in Northern California generations ago.
1. Chemung Mine
A working mine between 1909 and 1938, Chemung Mine is reportedly haunted. Whether or not there is paranormal activity here, it's a great place to explore the crumbling structures and historic property.
2. Fannette Island
The only island on Lake Tahoe, Fannette island hosts a small stone structure that was once the tea house of Mrs. Lora Josephine Knight, the owner of Vikingsholm. She and her friends would take a motor boat from her mansion on the shore out to the island in the afternoon.
Fannette Island also used to be the home of Captain Dick "Them's my toes" Barter from 1863 to 1873. This English captain was known to be eccentric. He would show off his amputated toes and built his own tomb on the island. One day he rowed off into a storm and was never seen again.
3. Point Reyes Shipwreck
The treacherous sea shore near Point Reyes didn't have a lighthouse to guide ships until 1870, making this a common place for wrecks to wash up on the shore. The iconic Point Reyes shipwreck is still there to explore and photograph, but sadly part of the ship was damaged by a fire set by an irresponsible visitor.
4. Marshall Gold Discovery State Park Jailhouse, Coloma
There are plenty of old buildings and replicas in the Marshall Gold Discovery State Park, but the one that takes the cake is the old jailhouse. This was the sight of the gold discovery that sparked the gold rush.
Bodie is an abandoned ghost town with not just one building, but many. Be careful not to take anything that doesn't belong to you, however. The area is rumored to be haunted with ghosts that will stay with you long after you leave if you take something of theirs. That's why the town still remains so intact to this day.
This community was once a thriving lumber town near the Redwood Coast. Now, the lush forest has begun to reclaim this land. Climb over fern covered foundations and other overgrown evidence of the town that was once Falk.
There’s so many abandoned and historic places to explore in Northern California. It’s fascinating to visit these places and rediscover the history.