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California Rambling: Mormon Island

By the end of this winter, it may be another 60 years, or longer, before Mormon Island is seen again. For the past three years, Folsom Lake’s water level has been so low due to the drought that the dismantled Gold Rush-era town’s exposed foundations became one of the most popular attractions in El Dorado […]

Comments Off / November 25, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

‘Book of Mormon’ to anchor next Broadway Sacramento season

California Musical Theatre announced the 2015-16 Broadway Sacramento season at the Community Center Theater, featuring six shows not previously presented on the series, two of which were produced in the round at Music Circus but never before part of Broadway Sacramento. From the creators of “South Park” and winner of nine Tony Awards, “The Book […]

Comments Off / April 19, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Mormon Island Dam stabilization in final phase

The bulldozers smoothing out the downstream slope of the Mormon Island Auxiliary Dam mark the final, “permanent fix” in a 25-year effort to reinforce it. Visible from Green Valley Road, the 900-foot-long, 480-foot-high Mormon Island Auxiliary Dam is one of four dams and eight dikes that make up the larger system of Folsom Dam. “Most […]

Comments Off / February 03, 2014 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Mormon Island Dam foundation stabilized

The top of the Mormon Island Auxiliary Dam is currently a narrow, 900-foot long gravel strip. Dam foundation reinforcements under way include a 1.3 million cubic yard €œdownstream overlay€ that will widen the dam top an estimated 400 feet to a steep bank 100 feet above Green Valley Road. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

An important step in the 20-plus-year effort to reinforce the Mormon Island Auxiliary Dam’s foundation nears completion. Located just east of the county line, the Mormon Island Dam is a weedy and unnaturally uniform ridge that dominates the horizon north and west of Green Valley Road — a squat, anonymous fraternal twin to Folsom Dam, […]

1 Comment / July 23, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Knight offers Mormon Island cemetery solution

John Knight

District 1 county Supervisor John Knight is offering a plan that may allow the Mormon Island Relocation Cemetery’s resident souls to rest in peace, in the wake of newly born publicity over an offensive, racial slur. In a May 13 letter to his colleagues on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, Knight outlines a […]

1 Comment / May 19, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Mormon Emigrant Trail closes Friday

PLACERVILLE — The Forest Service announced today that the Mormon Emigrant Trail that links Highway 88 and Highway 50 will be seasonally closed starting Friday, Nov. 19. The road will be gated closed near the Iron Mountain Snopark, which is at 7,000 ft. elevation. The route will reopen in the spring, when conditions typically improve. Signs will be posted on […]

Comments Off / November 17, 2010 | Posted in News | Read More »

Students get hands-on history lesson

Oak Ridge juniors Ryan Hurst, Parker Doshier, Shri Shankar and Maddie King, back row left to right, and Lilly Alcozy, Binwant Kahlon and Kelly Ryoo, front row left to right, recently presented research papers on Clarksville and early El Dorado Hills at the El Dorado Hills Library. The students collaborated with members of the Clarksville Region Historical Society, a partnership both sides said they hope continues to keep local history alive. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

How do we keep local history alive? In an attempt to bridge the gap between generations, members of the Clarksville Region Historical Society mentored Oak Ridge students from Matt Hodgins’ AP U.S. History class during the course of the school year. Mentors who know the history of the Clarksville region (a pre-cursor to El Dorado […]

Comments Off / May 18, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

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