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Jo Ann Aiello
Photography and California history lover.
Photography and California history lover.
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Join me on a tour of Hornitos, a small gold rush era town located in Mariposa County, California.

Hornitos was the business and cultural center of an active hard rock gold mining district. Large-scale mining activity continued until the early 1900s. The last gold mine shut down in the mid-1900s.

Today Hornitos has largely been bypassed by the modern world. There are no gas stations, fast food outlets, or shopping centers. It sometimes seems like a ghost town but there are 75 inhabitants. a Post Office, bar, gift shop, park, community hall, homes, historic commercial buildings, abandoned buildings, and ruins.

Now the plaza, once the center of activity, is mostly quiet. It’s not hard to imagine what the town was like in the 1860s when there were four hotels, six general stores, a Wells Fargo Express office, several fandango halls and saloons, various other businesses, and a population of several thousand.

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The most famous gunfight in the West took place near the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona 135 years ago today.

But one of the deadliest gunfights in the history of the West occurred near Placerville, California on December 19, 1854 when former Army officer Jonathan R. Davis single-handedly killed eleven robbers.

Here is a link to a January, 2012 VFW Magazine article about the event.
http://digitaledition.qwinc.com/display_article.php?id=913610

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The most famous gunfight in the West took place near the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona 135 years ago today.

But one of the deadliest gunfights in the history of the West occurred near Placerville on December 19, 1854 when former Army officer Jonathan R. Davis single-handedly killed eleven robbers.

Here is a link to a January, 2012 VFW Magazine article about the event.
http://digitaledition.qwinc.com/display_article.php?id=913610

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Looking back on The Outlaw Josey Wales.
http://www.truewestmagazine.com/struggling-for-a-dream/

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Howdy!

Welcome to the Wild West Fan Club. I've set this page up with the hope that it will grow and grow and grow and... well you get the point. The site is for anything and everything to do with the Wild West. Films. Books. Photos. Re-enactors. Clothing. Everything.

Please help spread the word and let's build a community that spreads far and wide.

Saddle up!
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