DUTCH FLAT is located a couple of miles off Interstate 80, over a ridge that abates the freeway noise. It is an easy blast from Sacramento or the Bay Area up the four-lane.
|Old US 40 at Newcastle|
|East of Applegate|
|Storefronts in downtown Colfax on old US 40|
I suspected that the ambitious couple dreamt of one day owning a classic B&B, put their heart, soul and sweat into making it a reality, sunk an incredible amount of money into a ground up restoration, and the recession hit. A local, willing to share, shared as much. He informed me that the owners were still around and that, under the right circumstances, they open for parties and events. Then he gave me the secret number.
ADDITIONAL PICTURES (click on any to enlarge):
Schuyler Colfax and a plaque telling of his visit to the area:
The California Zephyr pulls out of Colfax after a quick stop:
Along Lincoln Road: hydraulic mining was not the exclusive purview of the folks up north along the South Yuba:
Dutch Flat historic marker:
Some vintage Dutch Flat buildings:
The Dutch Flat Hotel’s (former?) website: http://dutchflathotelretreatcenter.typepad.com/
Information on old US Highway 40: http://www.route40.net/page.asp?n=1
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