Thursday, June 15, 2006

Thursday at the Fair

I stopped by the fair this evening a little after 6 o'clock. Our president, Eric Stohl, was holding down the engine house. Bill Rodgers had the morning and early afternoon shift.

Around 120 forth and fifth grade students toured the museum and engine house this morning, according to Mary Cory, the director of the El Dorado County Historical Museum. Other than the school children, today has been a slow day for the museum and the engine house. We enjoy passing the history of El Dorado county onto our youth.

Stop by tomorrow and take a look at the Diamond & Caldor No. 4 Shay. The engine house is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Sunday. Bill will be there Friday morning. Keith Berry and I will be on duty tomorrow afternoon. We have T-shirts on sale for $20 and coffee mugs for $10. And don't forget that memberships are available for $25, $60 and $100 each (individual, family and corporate).

The fair schedule, parking and shuttle service information for the El Dorado County Fair is posted on its website. El Dorado Transit is offering free shuttle service each day from three separate parking lots to the fair entrance on Placerville Drive. Service is operated from 10 a.m. until 12:30 a.m.

A pre-1923 photograph of mill-bound Diamond & Caldor No. 4 shows the locomotive paused at Coles Station for the camera. Four lumber service cars carry rough cut to the Diamond Springs exchange with the Southern Pacific. A slab wood car (behind engine) and combine No. 1002 round out the train's consist.

Unless noted, historic photographs on the El Dorado Western Blog are from the collection of the El Dorado County Historical Museum. These photographs are available for $10 each from the museum. Call (530) 621-5865 for additional information. Please consult museum staff for limitations to the use of photographs.

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