Old California Goldminer’s Shack

I’ve said it before, but Kent Griswold’s Tiny House Blog is just the best thing going for tiny homes on the blogosphere. A feature I really like is his “Tiny House in a Landscape” category, of which this is the latest. “…photographs taken by Linda Lacy from California. Linda says: I took these photos at Malakoff Diggings, a California State Park that has been “cut” from the state budget. This is a wonderful area with lots of tiny houses.…”

This photo is at: https://shltr.net/thlandscp

To my eye, this is a perfect little building. Everything looks right. Got soul.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

2 Responses to Old California Goldminer’s Shack

  1. I grew up on my grandparent's ranch just about a two minute walk from Malakoff Diggings. I thought you might find it interesting that the first long distance telephone line in the world was created for Malakoff Diggings there in French Corral ( http://malakoffdigginsstatepark.org/?page_id=587 ).

    A good friend of mine lived in the house where that plaque is. The building itself was used as a garage (downstairs) and her bedroom (upstairs). I used to love to stay over at her house because it just felt so old and smelled lovely like extremely old rustic buildings tend to.

    The area is bursting with history and discoveries. My uncles used to play in the diggings themselves and pan for gold in the creek that ran through the diggings to right behind our house.

    Just down the grade is the Bridgeport covered bridge ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridgeport_Covered_Bridge ), the world's longest clear span covered bridge. It too has had budget issues and is sadly now closed. My grandpa used to drive me across it just for kicks. We'd always honk of course.

    There is also an old Wells Fargo building in French Corral and my family's little ranch has a barn that I'm told is over 100 years old. Lots for people to see in that area if they are into cool history!

    Then go on up to North San Juan about 15 minutes away and have a beer in a very rustic old west tavern. Further still and you can see another record breaking covered bridge which is said to be the oldest in California (circa 1860). It's true claim to fame would be that it actually got washed downstream about 150 yards and spun about. They floated it back upstream, but couldn't turn it back around, so just reinstalled it backwards. Hardy bridge and clever goldminers can do anything!

    Sorry to go on, but you struck a happy nerve with your post; this is a warm spot in my heart and memories.

  2. Lloyd, you are right – this place has soul. You can tell from the photos, and I'm sure that if you walked in the door a thousand stories would come forth. Deep soul.

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