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Wild West Weekend

Published on: May 28, 2015

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Are you more of the country type — wearing your blue jeans and boots — and willing to get your hair messed up? Were you born to be wild? Californians and millions of visitors to the Golden State can participate in authentic Western heritage through exciting attractions and events. It’s not only a national treasure, but Europeans and Asian cultures especially come to California to experience our true grit. This weekend is a perfect example:

MUSIC

  • BAKERSFIELD: Guys, Girls and Guitars May 29-30, 2015
  • SAN BERNARDINO: Motorcycle Show  May 29-30

RODEO

  • SANTA MARIA Elks Rodeo May 28-31

GOLD RUSH

  • JULIAN: Gold Rush Days May 30-31
  • COLUMBIA: Columbia Diggins, Tent Town 1852. May 28- 31
  • PLACERVILLE: Hangtown’s Gold Bug Mine & Park. Tour a gold mine, visit Hendy’s stamp mill, goldbugpark.org
  • COLOMA: Marshall Gold Discovery Walking Tour. View the sites of what The Coloma Valley was like before James Marshall’s gold discovery and the history of the California Gold Rush and town of Coloma.  $3, call (530) 622-3470.

DUDE RANCH

  • BRIDGEPORT: Hunewill Circle H Guest Ranch (760) 932-7710. Cattle and guest ranch  near Yosemite National Park.
  • QUINCY: Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch, call (800) 334-6939 A truly all inclusive guest dude ranch vacation,
  • SOMES BAR: Marble Mountain Ranch, call: 800-552-6284 Dude ranch vacations at Marble Mountain Ranch have a “Saddle and Paddle” theme providing legendary Western hospitality.

MUSEUMS — too many to mention

  • LOS ANGELES: Autry Museum of Western Heritage
  • SANTA YNEZ: Parks-Janeway Carriage House
  • BODIE: Bodie State Historic Park, an authentic ghost town! $5 person, parks.ca.gov
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