Volcano has got to be one of the Mother Lode's most picturesque towns. The town is named for its setting in a bowl-shaped valley which early miners thought was caused by a volcano. The town dates back to the late 1850's and was originally nicknamed "Crater City". Volcano's heyday was short-lived, however. By 1867 most of its mining operations were idle.
|The Volcano Hotel, on three levels.|
The ruins of the building were acquired in 1980 by the Volcano Theater Company, successor to the first theater group in California, founded in 1854. Today the building serves as the facade for the theater company's striking outdoor amphitheater.
|The Volcano Union Inn, still serving as lodging and a restaurant|
We were "just passing through" and didn't get a chance to do any exploring. But what a find. Because Volcano isn't on California's Highway 49 ("The Golden Chain Highway"). it is often overlooked, and has escaped much of the commercialization of other towns. As of the most recent census, the population was a whopping 115! Nice quiet little place.
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