We had come down from the mountains to check out some of the old mining towns in the area. We first visited Lake Valley, which is where many of the photos of my Rusty Relics came from. Then we headed to Hillsboro
which was started in 1877 when the gold was first discovered there. By 1907, Hillsboro had a population of 1200. This picture shows a portion of the building that I believe was the home of the druggist and post office in 1905.
The structure below began its life as a bank, then became a house of ill repute operated by Sadie Orchard who was a mover and shaker in the area mining communities back in the day. Later it became a bar and restaurant, and the sign says it is now a vineyard, although I suspect it is another bar and restaurant.
This innocent-looking creek swelled after a sudden rain in June of 1914, causing a good deal of damage to the town of Hillsboro, and taking the life of the sheriff who was attempting to make certain his wife was safe.
And I wondered – how ever did they manage to get graffiti on this bridge? Determination and more guts than brains, I suspect.