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Wednesday, October 15, 2014
  Test Your Knowledge of Groveland
Here comes another quiz in the "Testing Your Knowledge of the Mother Lode" series. This time the focus is Groveland. (I don't want our Groveland office to feel left out!) What do you know about this beautiful Mother Lode area town? Hmm? Find out with the following questions (you'll find the answers below)...

1. The oldest continuously operating establishment in Groveland is (at least according to its proprietors): (a) Sugar Pine Realty; (b) Mountain Sage; (c) Hotel Charlotte; (d) Iron Door Saloon.

2. Groveland's private gated community of Pine Mountain Lake surrounds a man-made lake that, even in a lower rainfall year, has never dropped below a depth of: (a) 6 inches; (b) 12 inches; (c) 4 feet; (d) 18.362 inches.

3. Each September, the town of Groveland hosts the following event: (a) 49er fair; (b) 49er football practice; (c) 49er jubilee; (d) 49er festival.

4. The greatest contributing factor to the growth of Groveland in the early 1900's was: (a) the development of the Pine Mountain Lake area; (b) its proximity to Yosemite; (c) the development of the Tuolumne River Hetch-Hetchy water project; (d) the discovery of gold.

5. This person discovered gold in Groveland and nearby Big Oak Flat in 1848: (a) James Bond; (b) James Savage; (c) James Brown; (d) James Dean.

6. The Garrote Tree in Groveland is famous for what? (a) the Christmas lights that adorn it each holiday season; (b) children playing ring-around-the-rosie around it; (c) hoodlums being hung for their crimes on it; (d) tourists taking a nap in its shade.

7. Still a part of Groveland's famous Iron Door Saloon are it's original: (a) owners; (b) bathrooms; (c) iron doors; (d) lighting fixtures.

Answers: 1. (d) 2. (c ) 3. (d) 4. (c) 5. (b) 6. (c) 7. (c)

(This test was developed and based on information from the following websites: Wikipedia - Groveland, Yosemite Gold Country - Groveland and Geocities - Groveland. Visit them when you get the chance.)

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Monday, September 15, 2014
  Test Your Knowledge of Tuolumne County
Remember in school when you'd show up in a class and the teacher would say, "Put your books away and take your pencils out. It's a surprise quiz"? You loved those days, right? Well just to reminisce, I'm giving you a quiz today. This one's to test your knowledge of Tuolumne County. So here goes:

1. As a county in the Mother Lode, Tuolumne County is: (a) the second largest; (b) the third largest; (c) the largest; (d) tied for the largest.

2. When and where was gold first discovered in Tuolumne County? (a) in Sonora in 1850; (b) in Chinese Camp in 1849; (c) in Soulsbyville in 1852; (d) in Jamestown in 1848.

3. How much gold was yielded in dollars in Tuolumne County? (a) 600 million; (b) 1 billion; (c) 1.1 billion; (d) 100 million.

4. A "war" once broke out on a mountain near which Tuolumne County town? (a) Twain Harte; (b) Mi Wuk; (c) Sonora; (d) Chinese Camp.

5. The Tuolumne County town of Jamestown was founded by whom? (a) James in the Bible, a follower of Jesus; (b) the outlaw, Jesse James; (c) James Earl Jones; (d) Colonel George James, a San Francisco lawyer.

6. A gold mine runs directly below which Tuolumne County property? (a) Sugar Pine Realty in Jamestown; (b) the Willow Hotel in Jamestown; (c) the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora; (d) the Westside property in Tuolumne City.

7. Stealing a horse in the Tuolumne County city of Sonora in the middle 1800s could get a person what type of punishment? (a) a timeout; (b) no TV; (c) lashes and branding on the cheek; (d) go straight to bed after supper.

Answers: 1. (c) 2. (d) 3. (a) 4. (d) 5. (d) 6. (b) 7. (c)

(This test was developed and based on the Gold Rush Chronicles website.)

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