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...]

Irish Vineyards

In 1998, the Irish family left the Valley in pursuit of their dreams, hoping to find a quaint location where they could raise their children and build a winery. The small town of Vallecito had both, and the historic Batten house became the foundation on which this dream would grow. The Batten farmhouse, built in 1867, offered … [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...]