Thursday, March 15, 2007

Julian, CA

We finally made our trip to Julian, California, an old gold mining town that nowadays is famous for it's apple pies and old-timey feel. Here's a little blurb about the town from a website:
Julian was founded following the Civil War, when displaced Confederate Veterans from Georgia headed West to seek their fortunes in a new, mostly unsettled land. Among these were cousins Drue Bailey and Mike Julian, who found a lush meadow between Volcan Mountain and the Cuyamacas to their liking. They were there in 1869 when cattleman Fred Coleman found the first flecks of gold in a creek. It was San Diego County's first and only gold rush. The gold rush was short-lived, nearly over within a decade. But the pioneers stayed and began farming the rich land. While many crops were planted and animals pastured, Julian proved to be a fine place to grow apples. Apples continue to be produced in Julian. Their sweet, fresh flavor lures thousands to the mountains each fall, when visitors will find fruit stands overflowing with crisp fruit, homemade cider and other delicacies.
The Miner's Diner, where we had lunch, was the first brick building built in Julian...

Three generations...Mom, MawMaw, Karen.

We took my Grandmother on a little carriage ride/tour through the town and heard some to the interesting history facts about the town...our tour guide was from Ireland and we enjoyed hearing her accent.
You can't go to Julian without having some pie!

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