Buyers who choose primary and vacation homes in Sonora California are along the Mother Lode and the Sierra Nevada. The historic gold rush town of Groveland makes for a fascinating day trip for residents and visitors toSonora CA homes. Groveland lies on Highway 120 on the way to Yosemite National Park.
Complete with a western-like downtown with shops and restaurants and landmarks, grove land real estate itself makes for an interesting study. The Iron Door Saloon, California’s oldest continuously operating saloon peers out over the highway amidst numerous buildings remaining from the town’s boom days in the mid-1800s. Called Garrotte until 1875, the community grew up around the discovery of gold by James Savage in 1848. Subsequently, Groveland experienced a second and third gold rush.
There’s more to Groveland than walking in the footsteps of gold miners. Many paddlers enjoy real estate Sonora and other areas of Tuolumne County. This weekend, during the Annual Paddle to the Sea events, hundreds of waterborne craft will take to the river and paddle the Tuolumne and American rivers to the San Francisco Bay.
In addition, Groveland was the center for the construction of the Hetch Hetchy Water Project and the center of bustling lumber activity after World War II. Right on the heels of those projects came developer Boise cascade and the Pine Mountain Lake resort. Pine Mountain is a planned community with a lake, marina, beach, golf course, country club, airport, and stables. The very popular community features more than 4000 home sites.
There’s another side trip. The nearby vintage community of Coulterville is an authentic gold-mining relic. Coulterville is home to Northern Mariposa History Center and Whistling Billy, an eight-ton locomotive left over from the mining days. Capable of hauling 15 five-ton cars of ore, the marvelous little engine ran on a narrow-gauge track along a steep and twisting four-mile route. Other attractions in Coulterville include Sun Sun Wo Co., a Chinese store, and the Magnolia Saloon, both built in 1851.
Groveland’s proximity to Yosemite is yet another reason to explore its possibilities. Residents of Tuolumne County plan to visit the park often—to hike, camp, watch birds, visit waterfalls and Hetch Hetchy Lake.
Buying and Selling Property in Tuolumne County
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