It looks like Joel took a trip to Jamestown as far as my research showed. And because of William Maxwell’s comments below, we can guess with some accuracy the rest of the itinerary.
So, I took the liberty updating the image captions and add some context. William Maxwell, archivist for the Bank of Stockton, is a regular reader and his comments have more than once added much needed perspective.
There are two train images in this stack of negatives, and by 1947, these trains were in use in Jamestown, CA.
Sierra Railway No. 3 is often called the “Movie Star Locomotive”. Built at the end of the 19th century, owned by the State of California, and preserved at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown, California.
William L. Withhuhm, the Transportation History curator at the Smithsonian Institute, stated following of the locomotive historical and cultural significance;
“Sierra Railway No. 3 has appeared in more motion pictures, documentaries, and television productions than any other locomotive. It is undisputedly the image of the archetypal steam locomotive that propelled the USA from the 19th century into the 20th.”
The second train image is from a different design and equally at Jamestown in 1948.
Sierra Railway No. 18 is a standard gauge 2-8-0 “Consolidation” type steam locomotive. It was built in 1906 by Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the Sierra Railway Company of California.
By 1916, #18 had been rebuilt with a SuperHeater & piston valves as an experiment to improve efficiency, and for possible inclusion in future locomotive specifications.
No. 18 was retired from service in 1952 when the annual inspection revealed excessive sidesheet wear & it was judged unfit. It sat idle at Jamestown until 1966. This train has, just like the No. 3, a long rap sheet of movie and documentary appearances.
Based on above dates, these images could be later than 1948, but there’s ample evidence that these images were taken on an educational COP trip and covered much more terrain than just Jamestown.
I’m assuming that the next two images were photographed on the same trip.
Read some of the history of this hotel in William’s comments below, as it in the end, does relate to College of the Pacific and Robert and Grace Burns.
The scenery changes significantly in the next 4 images. We’re at a much higher altitude. I do not recognize the area, nor the dam. Since this is presumably 1948, the dam may no longer be there. I ran these images through a dam database without any luck.
Since William’s comment the old hotel to be in Columbia, I studied the map and near Jamestown and Columbia, there’s the Melones reservoir. The current images of the New Melones Dam, do not resemble the dam below. So I searched for “Old” Melones Dam, and bingo.
When the new, much higher, dam was built from 1966-1978, the old dam was left in place and simply flooded over. During extreme droughts, that dam becomes visible again. This happened in the 1990’s and the image below was taken then by the Park authorities. We can probably expect the old dam to be visible in 2022, as we’re in a severe drought again.
The last image is either part of this trip’s activities, or belongs to a skit at one of COP’s “Fun Days”.
Classical slapstick comedy gag, eating whipped cream from a pie on the floor.
All the above images are either copied or printed, they all have a certain quality to them.
Next blog post we’ll be checking out the Morris Chapel wedding of Frances Mack with Philippe Bush on June 5, 1948.