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Gold Country Day Trip – Jamestown, CA!

My husband and I got out of mask-town Silicon Valley last Sunday to enjoy a day in Jamestown, California. It was so nice to go to a town where they were a little less afraid. Jamestown just came out of the purple tier so we actually were able to go inside a restaurant (gasp!) and enjoy a delicious lunch. The restaurant was called The Service Station. My husband had a delicious turkey/cheese hot sandwich and I had a vegetarian wrap. They have good beer on tap as well.

Jamestown is the first gold town you come to on the southern point of route 49. It only took us a little over a couple hours to get there and it’s a beautiful drive.

Railtown State Historic Park is in Jamestown

The main street is about two blocks long, made up of original false-front buildings from the mid to late 1800s. It’s a treat to walk around and explore the gift and antique shops.

Many old westerns were filmed in and around Jamestown. This sign shows a sampling:

We walked along the Walk of Fame to explore Railtown.

Unfortunately the interior museum/shops of Railtown close around 3 in the winter but we were still able to walk around the grounds. When covid restrictions are over, they will re-open the steam train rides.

The run-down trains are fascinating for train-buffs!

Too bad the famous steam train #3 was under wraps somewhere, but we did get to see an old gas pump with single digit “amount of sale” numbers. Imagine filling up your tank for $9.99 or less!

There’s nice picnic grounds in the park as well.

We walked around the neighborhood streets a bit too. I could have taken a lot more photos.

A Fixer-Upper!
The Palm Hotel (closed due to covid-shutdowns)

Gold Country towns are always great to visit for a bit of history, fun, and beauty. Hopefully some of you will venture out and explore them as well.

Wishing you healthy travels!

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