Here are more pictures from our vacation.
This is the St. James Episcopal Church in Sonora which is also known as the Red Church or Little Red Church. It is at the top of Washington Street which goes through the town.
When we were first strolling in Sonora, it felt very familiar to me. Those of you from Marin may understand how this street reminded me of San Anselmo Avenue in the town where I grew up, San Anselmo, California.
There’s something special about visiting a little town that feels familiar and welcoming yet is a new place to explore. This particular part of the downtown area reminded me so much of San Anselmo that I looked up a little Sonora history. It was a gold rush town that was established in 1849 by miners from Sonora, Mexico. Later, after mining declined, logging and the arrival of the Sierra Railway in 1899 brought continued prosperity.
San Anselmo started to grow when North Pacific Coast Railroad completed a section of railroad in 1874 that carried passengers to and from San Francisco. So though these towns don’t have the same background, they were both positively affected when the railroad came to their town.
Some of the brick buildings in Sonora are similar to buildings in San Anselmo and San Rafael, where I live now.
There is a thriving Farmer’s Market in Sonora.
On the day we visited, there was a special event: a Mural-In-A-Day was being painted on a brick wall adjacent to the market. This is a banner showing the design of the finished 8 x 24 foot mural.
Volunteers were busily painting – the outlines had all been traced and it was like a giant paint-by-numbers piece.
We came back to see the finished mural another day.
Here is a picturesque little restaurant overlooking a creek, where we enjoyed lunch one day, but not the slow service.
Pictures from around the town.
I loved this rusted-metal bear on a building.
Old buildings often have beautiful details like the molding and the pressed tin ceiling tiles in this restaurant.
This is a chalkboard menu in the same place, the Diamondback Grill.
We stayed at the Sonora Inn which has recently been renovated. It was very charming until the last night when road work, including jackhammers, started around 9PM. Luckily, we had earplugs with us!
On our way out of town the last morning of our stay, we enjoyed breakfast at Cover’s Apple Ranch. Rem was on a mission to get some good pie and when we asked around town, several people recommended Cover’s.
Even though we at a big, delicious breakfast, we got two slices of pie and an apple turnover to go and I don’t regret it. Rem had apple pie and I had peach.
As we left their bakery/cafe, I saw this sign, and request, over the door. That doesn’t seem unreasonable.
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