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Oakland, California

De Lauers Super Newsstand

The newsstand that never closes its doors—well, almost never.
Downieville, California

Craycroft Building

Downieville's largest Gold Rush structure still standing has one of the longest bars in California.
Berkeley, California

Sather Tower

The century old tower at UC Berkeley is the third tallest bell and clock tower in the world, home to 61 bells and some fossils.
Bridgeport, California

Bodie State Historical Park

Standing in a state of "arrested decay", this ghost town allows for a detailed peek into Gold Rush life in an unusually harsh climate.
Lee Vining, California

Mono Lake

Aqueducts have dramatically changed this old lake, now home to tufa towers and its very own species of tiny brine shrimp.
Bishop, California

Laws Railroad Museum

The echoes of a railroad town that solemnly mark the end of the line.
Inyo County, California

Saline Valley Hot Springs

A hard-to-reach oasis in a desolate corner of Death Valley National Park.
Pioneertown, California

Pioneertown

A fake town founded by Western movie stars is now becoming a hip desert community.
Grass Valley, California

Lyman Gilmore Middle School

A middle school sports field that many believe was the true location of the first successful powered flight - and not by the Wright Brothers.
Rough and Ready, California

Rough and Ready

The first U.S. town to secede from the Union, only to vote themselves right back in.
Nevada City, California

Nevada Theatre

California's oldest existing theater building hosted an impressive cast of celebrities, including hosting Mark Twain's first lecture.
Grass Valley, California

Swan Levine House

Built in 1895, this bed and breakfast was once a hospital that served an early 1900s Gold Rush boomtown.
Nevada City, California

Old Stonehouse Brewery

A watering hole where the options for seating include a bar, patio, or subterranean cave.
Nevada City, California

Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum

"You don't need a rocket scientist to build a steam engine, but we've got one." -Museum docent on the credentials of a restoration volunteer.
Auburn, California

The Statues of Ken Fox

Dentist's hated concrete colossi are now beloved icons of the community.
Grass Valley, California

Del Oro Theatre

A fine mixture of the old and the new topped with an art deco neon spire.
Grass Valley, California

Kidder Mansion Site

An abandoned lot littered with concrete debris was once the home of the world's first female railroad president.
Los Angeles, California

Norton Sales Inc.

Space program, pneumatics and more, bits and pieces, for movie sets or the common man.
Pasadena, California

Rose Bowl

Sports history, made in the Arroyo Seco.
Pasadena, California

Wrigley Mansion

Originally the home of chewing gum mogul William Wrigely Jr, it is now the offical offices of the Tournament of Roses.
Pasadena, California

Colorado Street Bridge

A Masterpiece with a Tragic History.
Pasadena, California

The Gamble House

A stellar example of Art & Crafts architecture, and a movie set to boot.
Pasadena, California

Pasadena Playhouse

"The Star Factory" cranked out Hollywood stars like nobody's business.
Pasadena, California

Thomas Paine Society

Political debates in a fabulous Pasadena castle.