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Sonora, CA---no, not Sonoma, but Sonora.

My partner and I did a road trip over this Labor Day weekend and ended up in Sonora, California---not to be confused with Sonoma, the California wine country town north of the Bay Area.

Sonora is the county seat of Tuolumne County, up in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Our first time here…A cute little town! It was founded by Mexican miners (hence the name Sonora) during the California Gold Rush and incorporated as a city on May 1, 1851, according to the city's website. It is the only incorporated municipality in all of Tuolumne County.







Beer and barbecue seem to be a big thing in the Sierras and in the Owens Valley too. Makes me wonder about the history of the settlers to this part of California, and if there are many descendants of the original Gold Rush settlers.






























A storefront courthouse, the superior court. In the background is the tower of the Tuolomne County Courthouse.




A steep street.


Sonora City Hall. It looks like it used to be a firehouse. Going by the style, my guess is it was built in the 1920s or 1930s.






















The Tuolumne County Courthouse.














A detox and tea lounge, because it's California after all.














Sun is setting…


Back to the car for a long drive home. The car is around the corner.
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What a cute little happening place!
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Nice pictures! There are dozens of similar gold rush towns in the Sierra Nevada foothills in Northern California. I was born in one (Jackson) but never lived there.
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Thank you for posting these photos. The Sierra foothill towns are very nice. I enjoyed mountain biking in Auburn when I went to school in Sacramento and my aunt and uncle retired to Grass Valley after living in Southern California. I am surprised more people don't retire to these foothill towns.
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Looks like a great weekend trip!
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Nice pictures! Sonora seems to still have a vibe of old America.
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Very cool! Reminds me of Bisbee, AZ.
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Thanks for the comments!

I resized the photos because today I noticed how really big they looked on my work computer, compared with how they look on my home computer, which is where I originally posted the photos. Funny how that happens.


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Thank you for posting these photos. The Sierra foothill towns are very nice. I enjoyed mountain biking in Auburn when I went to school in Sacramento and my aunt and uncle retired to Grass Valley after living in Southern California. I am surprised more people don't retire to these foothill towns.
I like Auburn; it has a cute downtown too. Funny you should mention Grass Valley, because for a while now, I've been wanting to visit that place as well as Nevada City, CA. I figured it'd be fun and interesting to see the Gold Rush towns, being that the Gold Rush played a significant part in California's history. The Missions did too of course, but my partner and I have already seen all 21 Missions of California. It took us a number of years, but we finally did visit all 21 Missions, hehe. And now I consider Tuolumne County to be one of my favorite counties of California. California really is a pretty state, and the landscapes are so diverse---beaches, valleys, deserts, mountains...

Incidentally, on this road trip, before we ended up in Sonora, we also went to June Lake, Silver Lake, and Mono Lake in Mono County. Here are some extra pics that have nothing to do with Sonora, and are not city pictures. I regret not pulling over and taking pictures of the really tall pine forests and the pines on the mountain slopes when we were in the Sierras in Tuolumne County, but we wanted to push through to get to Sonora.


The view from a rest stop somewhere off of US highway 395... Coso Junction, I believe.





June Lake, in Mono County.





The town of June Lake.



Silver Lake, Mono County.





The mountains next to Silver Lake, Mono County.





Mono Lake, in Mono County. My partner and I have been to Mono Lake before, but we hadn't been to the other lakes before.


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Nice pictures. How long of a drive was it to Sonora?
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Nice pictures. How long of a drive was it to Sonora?
Thanks!

Well, had we driven to Sonora directly from South Pasadena/LA, it would have taken about 5.5 to 6 hours... that's how long it took us to get home when we left Sonora.

This was our route:


It took us many hours to get to Sonora, but we first stopped in Bishop for brunch, then when on to June Lake and then Mono Lake, and then from there went to Sonora, and then back home to South Pas.
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