Irish Day Parade & Downtown Jamestown

Jamestown, California
March 17, 2013

I can’t believe my good fortune on this trip.  First, the great weather, and now a stop at a great Gold Rush Town on the way home.

I couldn’t shake the feeling that I would miss something important if I didn’t check out the Irish Day Parade in Murphys.  Yesterday morning, I backtracked to Murphys from Sonora and arrived just as the parade started.  It was worth the stop. Here are some photos of the parade.

Irish Day Parade
Irish Day Parade
Irish Day Parade
Irish Day Parade
Irish Day Parade
Irish Day Parade
Irish Day Parade
Irish Day Parade
Grandma & her Irish ducklings
Grandma & her Irish ducklings

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Irish Day Parade

I left Murphys, heading South, around noon and arrived in Jamestown in mid-afternoon.  Jamestown is a quaint old gold mining town that has a rich history.  My first stop was Mooney’s Irish Pub on Main Street.  I was immediately attracted to this Pub by all the bikes parked in front of the Pub.  The locals greeted me warmly and wanted to hear all about Ollie’s sidecar.  Here are some photos, including a photo of Mike, Dave and me (Mike has the Irish green hair).

Biker Bar in Jamestown
Biker Bar in Jamestown
Dave, Mike & Bill
Dave, Mike & Bill
Downtown Jamestown

On the recommendation of my new best friends, I spent the night at the Jamestown Railtown Motel. The rail reference is to the gold discovery in the summer of 1848 at Woods Crossing, west of Jamestown, which led to arrival of the Sierra Railway steam passenger train in the summer of 1897.  One of the locals told me that, when they dug up Main street recently, they re-discovered gold.

I have changed my heading to Costa Mesa.  My current plan is to ride North on Highway 49 to Jackson, and then head West on Highway 88 to Highway 395, which proceeds Southwest along the High Sierra mountain range, one of my favorite mountain ranges in the world.

I should be home in 2 days.

Bill


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4 thoughts on “Irish Day Parade & Downtown Jamestown

  1. Your stories and writing reminds me of Mike Leonard…wrote “The Ride of Our Lives” and was a correspondent for the Today Show. He always had very touching stories with lots of humor. I’m just going to sit back and wait for the day your book gets published!

  2. Dear Bill,

    Murphy had to be a great town. That was my mother’s maiden name.

    Your pictures are marvelous & add so much to your story. No one will ever be a stranger to you. That is why you have so many friends all over the world, each one is your brother. What a marvelous outlook you have. Enjoy life & a safe trip. Love & Hugs, Betty

  3. Hi Bill,

    Thank you for sharing all of the wonderful photos & stories of your trip back from Seattle! I have been enjoying them all. I’m also looking forward to reading stories and seeing photos of your trips with Ollie soon. 🙂

    May you have continued good fortune!

    ~Miki

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