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Calihan, California: Blowing Anvils (Gone)

Off I-5 -- go to Yreka, then Ft. Jones, then to Calihan.
Long gone.

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Blowing Anvils - Vague Recollections

A few tips have mentioned "blowing anvils." My folks used to take my family (five kids and a grandmother) to Northern California to camp and pan for gold. One of the highlights of the trip was a festival in Calihan, California, home of a giant dredging machine with huge buckets that used to dredge up gravel to process for placer gold. The festival included a mock hanging, and blowing up anvils. They had two anvils and placed black powder between them and then lit the gun powder. Big bang and anvil flying apparently amused the pioneers of this region back in the day. It was fun for us kids, though -- An idyllic time of my youth.

[M. Salcedo, 08/29/2001]

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