The back side of the Bourn Cottage by Lenny La Rue, IPA

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I’ve seen many a home made from brick and I’ve seen plenty made of stone. But to see one so beautifully made of both, surrounded by verdant gardens, fountains, reflecting pools, and some of the most majestic tall trees in the Sierra Foothills is to see a historic wonder unmatched in Northern California.

Miners never lived in this much style. The owners of the mine didn’t even live in this. This is just a cottage for the Bourn’s to entertain visitors from out-of-town. When you look at a place like this where the very bricks had to be transported scores of miles and then you look at the grimy miner’s faces, you’d naturally think jealousy and resentment. Not at Empire Mines. The mutual respect allowed both to coexist for a common goal: to safely remove gold from the richest earth in America.


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  • ericseyes
    ericseyesalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful architecture, good history too. The history always adds to the photo.

  • Thank you, ericeyes. In this series on an old mine, I think the history is equally important to the images for that very reason. (Then again, I’m a long-winded blowhard and thrill in boring the nose hairs off people who wade thru my writing, typos and all! Brruuuuuuaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!)

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

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