So here I am in the old ghost town of Snelling California. This little town was formerly known as Snelling's Ranch. Charles Snelling opened a hotel here near his cattle ranch in 1853. This was the lower end of the gold mining craze as it ran along the Merced River. It was also the County Seat from 1857-1872.
The first courthouse in this County was built in 1857, but I'll get into those interesting stories at a later date.