The Butterfield Stagecoach Stopped Here

posted by Sharon March 21, 2016 17 Comments
Santa Ysabel Store Julian

What does gold rush country look like today? One place you can visit to find out is Santa Ysabel in California. Gold found in nearby Julian in 1870 triggered a rush of ranchers and fortune seekers. This was a stagecoach stop along the Butterfield route, too. The general store built to provide supplies and feed for livestock during the boom times survives today. This historical landmark is preserved to look just as it did in the 1800s.

You can imagine the gold seekers relaxing in front of the pot-bellied stove over a game of checkers.

The ladies came here for sewing supplies.

And hats.

Of course, food was a necessity. I’m sure the customers especially enjoyed the local produce.

The store also served as a stop along the Butterfield Stage route.

So much history has passed through this adobe building. It’s been a post office and a barber shop as well as a store. It’s a fun stop when you are driving along Highway 79. You’ll likely be in your car, but listen carefully and you’ll hear echoes of the stagecoaches that thundered by so long ago.

How about you? Have you felt the layers of history in some place you’ve visited lately?

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17 Comments

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Jesh StG March 21, 2016 at 7:20 am

Ah, a dangerous store, full of wonderful things! I could find many things here to bring home:) Wasn’t sure if Through my Lens and Seasons (on the bottom of your post) was separated – but linking up one of your wonderful photos between Mon and Wed. is appreciated. See you there!

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Tamar March 21, 2016 at 9:03 am

What a cool store!

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Margaret Birding For Pleasure March 21, 2016 at 1:56 pm

I love visiting places like this and going down memory lane.

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image-in-ing: weekly photo linky March 21, 2016 at 2:45 pm

What a delightful place – I’d love to visit there!
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Dina @ 4 Lettre Words March 21, 2016 at 3:32 pm

Goodness…my favorite kind of shop! Beautiful pics, Sharon.

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Brooke March 21, 2016 at 4:58 pm

What fun pictures, reminds me of Jullian east of San Diego.

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Rebecca March 21, 2016 at 5:46 pm

I just love places like this to get the imagination going. Nice pics.

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Jesh StG March 21, 2016 at 5:53 pm

Great to enjoy looking at your captures of the general store again! This time the fruit boxes seem so attractive. Also, thank you for being a part of SEASONS this week -I appreciate it!

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Cathy March 21, 2016 at 5:58 pm

Wonderful photos! thank you! What an adventure you had!

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Ruth - Tanama Tales March 22, 2016 at 12:16 am

Have to say I am impressed by the amount of nice photos you took inside the store (love when you can freely take photos inside a place). My husband keeps telling me that we have to go back to Julian. I think we should go too. This time I am going to stop at Santa Ysabel.

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Magnus March 22, 2016 at 6:16 am

Fantastic place, thrown back in time..great shots!

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Molly March 22, 2016 at 11:17 am

What a brilliant little slice of American history!

Mollyxxx

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Su-sieee! Mac March 23, 2016 at 4:19 am

That would be a fun place to visit. I wonder if I ever passed by it on my travels through the Gold Country years ago.
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bettyl-NZ March 24, 2016 at 7:06 am

WOW! I love places like this–a little history, a little fun all together.

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Kim Cunningham March 24, 2016 at 5:08 pm

Wow, there really are some fun things in this place! I would love to browse for hours.

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Lisa at LTTL March 25, 2016 at 5:55 pm

Oh, I have not felt that overcoming feeling of history in a while. I am itching to get out and travel and visit places like this. I have to look up the Butterfield Stagecoach now… I have not heard of it before. 😀

What a fun little store with all that history.

Lisa @ LTTL

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handmade by amalia March 27, 2016 at 4:07 am

The general store of the old west always seemed to me to be a magical place. This one is gorgeous. I love the wooden crates but most of all that box made of old rulers. Brilliant.
Amalia
xo

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