Cisco Grove, California: Forest Gift Shop Ruins

The Forest Gift Shop was built of local rocks in 1938 when all traffic crossing Donner Summit came along Old Highway 40. Its ruins were donated to the county in 2008.
Address:
Hampshire Rocks Rd, Cisco Grove, CA
Directions:
I-80 exit 165. Drive north, then turn right onto Hampshire Rocks Rd. Drive about a quarter-mile. The ruins will be on the left.
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Forest Gift Shop: Preserved Ruins.

Forest Gift Shop: Preserved Ruins

The Forest Gift Shop was built of local rocks in 1938 when all traffic crossing Donner Summit came along Old Highway 40. According to a historical placard next to the ruins, its best-sellers were corncob pipes and owl ashtrays made from pinecones. The small fruit stand next to it sold orange juice. Both went out of business when Interstate 80 sucked away all of the Highway 40 traffic, and the ruins were donated to the county in 2008.

[Ann and David, 10/17/2018]

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