History, beauty, a place to call home
for generations to come!
Grandview, the family ranch, was a name not only fitting for this piece of land but also a has a special meaning to this family. Michele’s grandfather, a farmer who emigrated here from Norway in the early 1900’s started a 800 acre farm in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota which he named Grandview. That farm is still in her family today and that's the future hope for this family ranch ,Grandview, here in Historic Gold Country, California. The hope is that this is an investment for the family for generations to come.
Located in Historic Gold Country California, Grandview, is one mile off the route known by the gold miners of 1849 as the “Golden Chain.” A nearly 300 hundred mile long route that took you along an alignment of hard-rock gold deposits stretching northwest-southeast in the Sierra Nevada of California, this was often called by the miners the “mother load.” Many old western town, like what you would see in old western TV shows like Bonanza, line this 300 mile route. There are 7 such towns just within 5 miles of Grandview, Fiddletown, Plymouth, Drytown, Amador City, Sutter Creek, Ione, and Jackson. Going into town from Grandview is truly like taking a step back in time. Grandview is in close distance to many world renown locations as well, such as Lake Tahoe (1 and a half hours), Sacramento (one hour), Yosemite National Park (two hours), San Francisco (two and a half hours), and Reno (two and a half hours).
Grandview is located one mile from Historic Drytown California, population 200. Drytown is the oldest town in Amador County dating back to 1848 before California was even a state. In 1849, when the California Gold Rush took off, so did Drytown. Over 10,000 people moved to Drytown from all over the world all in search of getting rich quick by finding gold. The town had over 26 bars in it, a store, hotel and a butcher. Although a number of fires nearly destroyed the town some historic buildings still stand such as the first printing office for George Hearst, William Randolph Hearst father, which who started Hearst Publications. However the last fire Drytown suffered from was set by the towns people themselves and was the last straw for the towns people, this fire brings us back to the ranch!
On August 6, 1855, bandits associated with Joaquin Murieta, which whom the movie character Zorro was depicted after, made their way up on horseback from Drytown across the land that is now known as, Grandview. The bandits entered the town of The Lower Rancheria that once sat on Rancheria Creek, the property on the east side of a Grandview. The bandits killed 6 people in the hotel, then took the box from the safe that was holding all the recent gold found by the gold miners in the creek. That began a massive man hunt in Amador County which ended up with 2 of the bandits being shot, 3 of the bandits being hung, the first Sheriff of Amador being shot dead by one of the bandits and over 30 Mexican men hung in a linch mob hanging by the people of Amador County. The people of Drytown were so enraged by what these Mexican bandits did that they set the parts of Drytown on fire which were inhabited by Mexicans including the Catholic Church, as this fire grew most of Drytown burned down. From a number of different locations of Grandview you are able to see the mass grave where the 6 people who lost their live in this massacre are buried.
The Lower Rancheria got its name because Rancheria is a word used to identify Indians living in a rural setting. Before the miners moved to California for the gold rush, the Miwok Indians inhabited most of the land for hundreds of years, especially the land Grandview sits on. Throughout Grandview and all around Grandview are signs of the Miwok's living in this valley. Locals talk about finding beads, shells and tools that were once used and made by the Miwok's. Hieroglyphs, Indian artwork done on rocks, can be found throughout the the area. The Lower Rancheria Creek is lined with holes where the Indians would grind acorns in the rock along the creek. There is also a very large site on the Lower Rancheria where an Indian grave site sits. There comes great responsibility with living, working and building on land which has so much historic value to it.
If that’s not enough history, on the west of Grandview is what’s left over of New Chicago, another Historic Gold Town from 1850. New Chicago was a fairly large mining camp with over 20 houses, a boarding house for the miners, a store, a bar and a hotel. On the west side of Grandview you can still see today the A-Frame and what’s left of Grover and Fremont Gold Mine. Today artifacts left by the miners and residence of New Chicago can be found through out Grandview. Artifacts such as old bone China, old glass and old steel rods can be found and foundations left over!
Besides all the history found here at Grandview, and the family history of the name,Grandview, there is a true foundation which merits calling this family ranch, GRANDVIEW. To the east, is a view of the Lower Rancheria Creek, the valley floor where the Miwok Indians lived, where the gold mining town of the Lower Rancheria once sat, the mass grave sight from the Rancheria Massacre of 1855 and the Parsons plots a family grave sight which dates back to the 1800’s. To the south, are views of Mount Diablo, the city lights of Elk Grove and local valley views of Amador City and New Philadelphia. To the north, you see the town of historic Plymouth and hills covered in grape vines in the Shenandoah Valley which has been called by Wine Spectators Magazine as the “Next Napa of California!". Last but not least is the view to the west of the Sacramento Valley and the skyline of downtown Sacramento.
The building plan for Grandview will all be built off grid. For the main house, kids homes and horse barns they will all be powered by solar. The water source will be from a number of sources such as a year round spring on the property which is being pumped into holding tanks and a future well. The over all building project will include a main home/barn combo, kids homes, field barns for the horse pastures, round pen for horse training, full size dressage court/ riding arena, equipment barn, vineyard, pastures for cattle and a sports court. It may take a number of years but the plan is that it will last for generations to come for this family.
The hope is for this ranch, Grandview, is that for generations to come this special and unique land will be a place for the whole family to always call home.
“Home is the nicest word there is.”
Laura Ingalls Wilder