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.
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.