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Old Posted Nov 24, 2008, 6:59 PM
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Knights Ferry, CA (pop 98)

Knights Ferry is a tiny little town, located about 40 miles east of Modesto, in the foothills of the Sierra along the Stanislaus River. Nice place for an afternoon drive, with some ruins of an old mill and hydroelectric plant. According to one of the plaques in the town, the city was the Stanislaus County seat from 1862 to 1872 (it is now Modesto).

















I was out here with my cousin taking portrait photos of her, it apparently is a popular spot as we saw half a dozen people doing the same thing!













The ever popular self portrait



"Downtown" Knights Ferry



















































Always the tell you're in California





Density!!



More density!!













On the way back to Modesto, my cousin had us stop by an old, local cemetary...and just as a reminder we're in the country...



























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Talk about random obscure places. I've passed the signs to Knights Ferry so many times heading up to the snow around Strawberry and Pinecrest, but never had time to stop and check it out. Thanks for the excellent tour. It looks quite scenic.
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This might be the most extensive photo tour we've ever had on SSP of a sub 100 population town.

Looks decent. Thanks for the photo tour, stepper!
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This might be the most extensive photo tour we've ever had on SSP of a sub 100 population town.

Looks decent. Thanks for the photo tour, stepper!
Haha...I aim to please Actually, the dork that I am, I kinda hoped I had 98 pictures, one for every resident. But, alas, even I couldn't squeeze out that many pictures. Oh well...
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cool, a random little city. It looks quite healthy for such a small town. It must be out in the middle of freakin nowhere for it still have operating shops that arent rundown. Usually small towns like this are located close enough to a larger town that the general stores are just rotting away. Its a very cool place though!
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It must be out in the middle of freakin nowhere
Pretty much.
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cool, a random little city. It looks quite healthy for such a small town. It must be out in the middle of freakin nowhere for it still have operating shops that arent rundown. Usually small towns like this are located close enough to a larger town that the general stores are just rotting away. Its a very cool place though!
Its not that California don't have this problem, but from what I've seen its not as bad as other parts of the country. I noticed at least when living in Fresno, a good number of small communities do well with tourists. Especially those in the foothills along the way to the mountains. Many are quite scenic and provide a nice weekend escape thats nearby.

This time of year is especially nice as noted in these photos. Although not as colorful as autumn in New England, there are some beautiful fall colors to see here. Most notably in the foothills of California.

steeper77: Thanks for sharing, seeing these just reinforce why I love living in California.
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This might be the most extensive photo tour we've ever had on SSP of a sub 100 population town.
^^yup!

Lots to see in California, keep up the tours
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I love your photo tours. This one is no exception. Lovely!
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Nice pictures. This looks like an interesting place.
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Ever since I saw this movie on Showtime, "Population 436", these little towns like this give me the creeps big time. Appreciated the tour, though--very neat pictures. Somehow I didn't expect something like this to vitally exist in CA that close to a major city.
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Thanks for all the comments. It really is a neat little town. Ever since my cousin got her license and first car in high school (like 1995), we'd always go for drives whenever I'd visit her in Modesto and we'd end up there . It hasn't changed much since then. It is off 108 which isn't a huge corridor (between Modesto and Sonora) and Oakdale and Modesto are close enough for all the "amenities". I hope the town is able to keep its charm.
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Wonderful shots of a small but charming place! Great to meet up with you in San Francisco and looking forward to seeing your shots soon of our walk!
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Well that was certainly different.
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Very interesting place. Any idea how much the hotel asks for its rooms?

I wasn't expecting palm trees in that part of the state. I would have thought it would get too cold at times.
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I love little places like this.
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Ever since I saw this movie on Showtime, "Population 436", these little towns like this give me the creeps big time. Appreciated the tour, though--very neat pictures. Somehow I didn't expect something like this to vitally exist in CA that close to a major city.
There are lots of these places in northern CA and in the Sierra foothills. CA is that way: Basically, very rural north and east of Sacramento and San Francisco which means more than half the state. And a lot of these towns are in good shape because they are becoming places for affluent retirees and telecommuters, or just primo places for second homes.
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Did you put the bear there? I mean this is such a sad but classic shot.
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