Roadside Oddities: Paul Bunyan Statue of Kenton, OR

Not to be confused with the Muffler Man Paul Bunyan statues that litter the country, this Paul Bunyan is a 31 foot concrete and metal sculpture that was erected as part of Oregon’s centennial celebration and is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. Currently located at the corner of North Interstate and […]

The Landmark Project: CHL# 859

CHL# 859 VON SCHMIDT STATE BOUNDARY MONUMENT This boundary monument, a cast iron column erected in 1873, marks the southern terminus of the California-Nevada State boundary established by A. W. Von Schmidt’s 1872-73 survey. Von Schmidt’s line, the first officially recognized oblique state line between California and Nevada, erred slightly, the boundary was later corrected […]

Knitter in the Wild: Go Wild in Las Vegas

My recap of my Go Wild experience is a little behind because I had to take a quick time out upon my return to finish grad school. That’s right, peeps, I am officially done! Mini wave in celebration of me! Now that I am back to only having the day job to work around, I […]

The Landmark Project: CHL#369

CHL# 369 CHAPEL OF SANTA YSABEL (SITE OF) The first mass at a site nearby was celebrated September 20, 1818 by Father Fernando Martin. By 1822, Santa Ysabel was an asistencia, or mission outpost, that had a chapel, a granary, several houses, a cemetery, and about 450 neophytes. After secularization in the 1830s, priestly visits became […]

The Landmark Project: CHL#412

CHL# 412 JULIAN Following the discovery of gold nearby during the winter of 1869-70, this valley became the commercial and social center of a thriving mining district. Ex-Confederate soldier Drury D. Batley laid out the town on his farmland and named it for his cousin and fellow native of Georgia, Michael S. Julian. By 1906 most […]

The Landmark Project: CHL# 939

CHL# 939 Twentieth Century Folk Art Environments (Thematic) – OLD TRAPPER’S LODGE Old Trapper’s Lodge is one of California’s remarkable Twentieth Century Folk Art Environments. It represents the life work of John Ehn (1897-1981), a self-taught artist who wished to pass on a sense of the Old West, derived from personal experiences, myths, and tall […]