Monday, January 24, 2011

California adobes

On this most auspicious day, 163 years ago, John Marshall discovered gold in a mill race in Coloma, California, and kicked off one crazed gold rush after another to fill California with folks aiming to get rich quick. Luckily, most of them, once they didn't get rich quick, figured out California wasn't a bad place, and ended up staying. Hopefully you celebrated the day via Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector day.

And if you don't like that, you can always celebrate the folks who were already here. The new Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette has a blurb about Andersen Model Kits, and their adobe structures. The adobes are a bit too New Mexico for a good California layout, but their Candelario Miramontes Adobe is a perfect match for what the typical Mexican era rancho would have looked like. It's too primitive to be Monterey style, but that's what the early Europeans families typically had in the early 19th century. You'd be hard-pressed to find one next to a California railroad (just because the land before the Gold Rush was so sparsely populated), but it's still authentic.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks fer spreadin' the word about Talk Like A Grizzled Prospector Day! Y'know, without all them hungry, beef-eatin' miners, them rancheros woulda still been stuck just sellin' hides and tallow. Them "golden years" of the ranchos are linked to the Gold Rush right directly-like! Course, 'twernt long before drought and consarned legal troublements turned all that around. But I reckon that's a yarn fer another time.