Dinkelspiel Store

Built in the 1850s, this 3000 square foot building in the tiny community of Vallecito is a great example of Gold Rush architecture. Still a fully-functional building with concrete slab floors, wood ceilings, wood masonry walls, and, of course, iron shutter doors. Historic Mother Lode store building, the 3016 square foot, … [Read more...]

Murphys

The picturesque village of Murphys is known today for its many natural attractions including caverns for public viewing, a charming Main Street with friendly merchants and unique shops, spectacular wineries, art galleries, gold panning, and world class golf. Daniel and John Murphy settled in the area in 1848. From a small tent, … [Read more...]

Vallecito

This Gold Rush-era community is a rural neighborhood that includes the 1850s Dinkerspiel Store. The Murphy Brothers discovered gold here in 1848 and then went on to richer diggings in the nearby town that bears their name. Mexican miners came to the abandoned camp, which they re-named Vallecito, meaning small valley in … [Read more...]