On Saturday, September 9th, the Model A’s travelled down the “Golden Chain Highway” to Placerville, CA via Auburn. Along the way they had a chance to see sites as the Bernhard Museum Complex. Built in 1851 as the Traveler’s Rest Hotel, the Bernhard House has been welcoming visitors for over 150 years. Filled with artifacts … Continue reading TAKING OUR TIME VISITING THE GOLD COUNTRY
I have some leftover photos from the 7th: The Hulstroms, Bennetts & McBrides at the Historic Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley were on their way to dinner – having WAY too much fun! And, here's another shot of the Bourne Fountain: The stone used was from the mine after the gold was extracted. I usually … Continue reading DOWN INTO THE MINES…
This day, Sept. 7th, included a tour of the Empire Gold Mine, in Nevada County, California. The Empire Mine is on the National Register of Historic Places, a federal Historic District, and a California Historical Landmark. It is one of the oldest, largest, deepest, longest-running and richest gold mines in California. More mine images: The … Continue reading GOLD, ANTIQUES…AND ERA FOOD!
Wow! The first full day of the tour was amazing! Below is a shot from the Nugget in Sparks, NV – just before the power outage! The Sisson’s car is outfitted with the official tour license plate for the tour, and you can see that the Model A's have marked their territory in Sparks, NV: The … Continue reading Immersing the Model A’s in the Mother Lode Country
The answer is... Almost anything! Model A people are persistent… They’ll drive through 115 degree heat in smoky California…Then they’ll drive over mountain passes… (That's Donner Pass and Spooner Summit) They’ll make new friends in a gas station… This man (didn’t get his name) was a professional musician who wrote a song about a '29 … Continue reading What Will a Model A’er Do to Get to the Start of a Tour?
The MATC Gold Rush Tour of Nevada and California officially starts tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 5th, with a welcome dinner at the Nugget Hotel in Sparks, Nevada. Some participants are trailering their Model A Fords to this starting point, but those of you who know Jay realize that he’s driving… through record heat! I opted to … Continue reading GOING FOR THE GOLD!