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Yosemite Historic Hotels and Camps

The collection of postcards in “Yosemite’s Historic Hotels and Camps” chronicles Yosemite’s accommodations from the 1900s to the 1950s. Author Alice van Ommeren notes “The park’s natural beauty attracted significant photographic interest and several photographers opened studios in the valley. They used the popularity of postcards in the early 1900s to their advantage by publishing […]

Skiing In the Central Sierra, Dodge Ridge Celebrating 70th Anniversary

The local ski area (base elevation, 6,600 ft.; summit, 8,200ft.) for Sonora is located within Stanislaus National Forest. It operates under a Special Use Permit from the U. S. Forest Service. When Dodge Ridge opened in 1950 the first owner, Earl Purdy offered a state-of-the-art chairlift built for $95,000, a considerable sum in those days, […]

Announcing Mountain Home Gifts Seasonal Quarterly

The Mountain Home Gazette Fall issue is currently being distributed and circulated in Sonora and soon will be available in locations in mountain communities from Twain Harte to Sonora Pass. The Volume One, Number One premier issue contains an introduction to Mountain Home Gifts and a reflection of the store’s early beginnings to the present. […]