"Jamestown, California's Gold Country" Jamestown by D&ZP

Jamestown Travel Guide: 8 reviews and 22 photos

An old "greybeard" lives here.

Hi everyone! Name's Dave. Live between Oakdale and Jamestown in the California foothills. Formerly from New Hampshire, I've been living in the Central Valley since 1979. Been around this planet for a good number of years and hope to have a good number yet to go. Born and raised in NH, travelled a bit while in the Navy, rode with a motorcycle club in the Northeastern U.S., spent some time in Colorado and ended up in California. A long and convaluted path from point A to point B. Have enjoyed life even with all its ups and downs. A few journeys over the years. Varied professions as well. Am I settled down now? Maybe. :-) Been in the same profession for better than 20 years now so think I'll stick with it.

What's Next?

No answer to that question. I have never managed to find a working crystal ball so the future will remain a mystery. I prefer it that way. A few more journeys are planned. As to whether they come to fruitition, well again, no crystal ball. A visit to the east coast to introduce my wife and her daughter to the rest of my family is in our near future. As they are both from Russia I want to show them more of this country as well as where I grew up. Trips to Canada and perhaps Mexico are a possibility. Short trips and/or excursions up and down California as well as into neighboring states.

Things to see and do in California.

Where can I start... So much to see and do here. Within a short drive there is Yosemite National Park, Dodge Ridge (skiing), Bear Valley, Lake Alpine (kayaking), numerous lakes/reservoirs for all types of water recreation, former Gold Towns, Ghost towns (Columbia & Bodie), historical sites. Rivers for white water recreation and fishing. Highway 49 goes through Jamestown and all along it one can find interesting small towns with a "Gold Rush" area past. Railtown 1897 in Jamestown and the Railroad Museum in Sacramento. Lake Tahoe is a couple hours away as is San Francisco. Monterey Bay Aquarium. Head to Southern California for Disneyland, Universal Studios, San Diego Zoo. What do you want to do? You'll probably find it here. What have we done? Much of the above with plans to do a lot more. Jamestown itself is a small community. Antique shops line the main street. Historic places and buildings are in abundance throughout the immediate area. Columbia is a "restored" gold town just north of Sonora. Chinese Camp also holds some interesting history. Drive east on Highway 108 over Sonora Pass and you'll find the town of Bridgeport. Not too far away is the "ghost town" of Bodie. Mono Lake is in the vicinity as well. Like I said, lots of things to do around here.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Small town
  • Cons:Small town
  • In a nutshell:A nice place to live.
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