Sunday, September 23, 2012

Eastern Stanislaus County, California

Taken today on Cooperstown and Rock River Roads, eastern Stanislaus County, CA.
Cooperstown Road used to be the main stagecoach road between Oakdale and La Grange and had a shitload of small ranches and farms along it. Same thing with Rock River, it was the main route between Oakdale and Jamestown. Now they're all gone, absorbed into a few larger ranches. The roads are still dirt, but they grade them every couple of years, still a nice relaxing drive full of history if you know where to look.






Then over Rydberg Creek on Cooperstown Road, just underneath the bridge there's Indian grinding rocks that nobody knows about.




 
These pictures were taken from the bridge, most of them straight down. I've prowled all along the creekbed and found a shitload of pestles and other tools used to process their acorns.
 
Lots of folks think these holes were worn down over years and years of use but that just ain't so. The way these holes were made was to build a fire where you want your hole, heat the rock up real hot, then sweep away the coals and drop a few drop of cold water there. The hot rock will crack. Sweep the cracked rock away, build another fire and repeat. Pretty soon you'll have a jagged hole. Shape it with a sharp rock, then smooth it out with a harder rock. It might take a few days, but it doesn't take generations like everybody thinks.
See, another useless fact from Wirecutter.....

9 comments:

hiswiserangel said...

good Lord we've missed you. Tell us more, Uncle Wirecutter...

drjim said...

Pretty neat stuff there, ken!

MissK said...

Maybe useless, Wirecutter, but fascinating :-)

Really cool to see the old barbed wire still there.

Anonymous said...

You know about the grinding rocks and you ain't nobody

Michael in Nelson

wirecutter said...

I can't argue with that, Michael. I think.

DeNihilist said...

Kewl history lesson Cutter. I always thought that it was the generational thing.

Cheers.

Sarthrk said...

Beautiful country. It reminds me of the upper Tolumne, the South fork and the Clavey River. Is it snakey on the Stan?

angrymike said...

Ken
I got a bud you should hook up with, he has a collection of Indian stuff that would make your eyes pop out. Ill send you some pictures some time. He even has a babies death mask, they are illegal today, but his father got it before they were illegal I'll definitely send a picture.

Robert Fowler said...

Haven't seen flat barbed wire in years. Amazing that it's still up.