A Little California Time Travel

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Let’s take a little journey back in time for a few minutes.  Close your eyes, and imagine you are traveling back through centuries - long before white man had the audacity to show up and begin shuffling around the New World. 

You look at your hands - they are brown.  They may be weathered; but perhaps not.  In your right hand is a long conical stone pestle - unless you are a lefty.  You are using this tool to grind acorns in mortars formed on a massive marbleized limestone rock outcropping with 1,185 mortar holes.  There are others in your group performing similar activity.  You know each other.  Some of them are your kin.  All of them are of your tribe.  You are a member of the Miwok Native American people.  And you are among the FIRST people of this land, which will later become known as California.

Meanwhile, back in today's world where reality can get into mischief, the 135 acre Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park, exists as a testament to the original people of California, who lived in this area for many centuries, before being driven into less desirable land, by settlers, who arrived during the California Gold Rush.   

The Roundhouse emphasizes the aboriginal importance of the site.  A reconstructed Miwok village provides present-day descendants of the Miwok with an opportunity to preserve their heritage and traditions.  Several times during the year, local Native Americans hold ceremonies.  In September, Indian families gather at the park for the annual acorn gathering ceremonies.  Dancing, story-telling, and games are traditional activities.  But, there is no fixed schedule of events.

The Northern Sierra Miwok established their villages alongside the rivers and streams of the Sierra Nevada - from the Cosumnes River on the north to the Mokelumne River on the south.  Other Miwok groups lived to the west as far as Mount Diablo and as far south as Yosemite National Park.

The park is located near the town of Pine Grove, approximately 8 miles east of Jackson on highway 88 (headed toward Lake Tahoe).  The distance is about 48 miles from Sacramento.

For more information about this fascinating place, you can visit the Indian Grinding Rock State Park website.

Indian Grinding Rock

Indian Grinding Rock State Park

Indian Grinding Rock State Park


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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Myrl. What a captivating story you tell. Sounded like the beginning of a novel. Hmmmmm. Wonderful pictures too.

Aug 16, 2014 10:41 PM #8
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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Myrl, This is wonderful and I am so glad to know about it. This is one of the reasons I like AR so much, we learn about America.

Aug 16, 2014 11:15 PM #9
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi Myrl, thanks for taking us back in time and providing this  interesting history lesson on the  Indian Grinding Rock State Park.

Aug 16, 2014 11:41 PM #10
Kathy Smiley
Rodeo Realty ~ Fine Estates Westlake Village - Westlake Village, CA
Westlake Village, CA - "Making YOU Smile!"

Very informative and entertaining post, Mryl. It's great to share places and the history of your special area!

Aug 17, 2014 12:44 AM #11
Sharon & Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN - Lafayette, IN
West Lafayette homes for sale

Myrl, very interesting and informative post on the Grinding Rock State Park and the Miwoks!  Your picture makes your first paragraph leap out after seeing what you were describing.  I have never seen anything like that!  Very interesting!

Aug 17, 2014 01:23 AM #12
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 I think you missed your calling you should have been a writer thanks for the journey, it broke up the day! Thanks for sharing!

Aug 17, 2014 05:07 AM #13
Marshall Enterprises
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Antiques, Lawn Care, and Trashouts

Thinking of all the rituals that were lost....the time and people that were there.  You did an extraordinary job of putting back in time.  Thanks, Myrl!

Aug 17, 2014 07:54 AM #14
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Myrl,,thank you for the history lesson, it's always interesting to learn about local history.  That rock is quite something!

Aug 17, 2014 11:45 AM #15
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Myrl - You're a woman of many talents, including historian for the great state of California. I love how you weave a story out of the imagination and make it sound so current. I can't help but wonder if that rock is sacred.

Aug 17, 2014 11:02 PM #16
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert


I really like all your pictures. My great great grandmother was 100% Native American. I enjoy visiting this park and seein some of the traditional activies put on by the Native Americans. 

Aug 18, 2014 05:31 AM #17
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Laura - The site does have an alternative universe feel to it!  But, in a good way!

Nick - When you are visiting that rock you can almost "see" those that worked to grind acorns, corn, etc.

Norma - At Indian Grinding Rock, all of us with European ancestors have the feeling we are imigrants!

William - I'm glad you like it.  By the way, I booked flights, rooms and a car for an interesting trip I'm going to take in September.  I won't tell you exactly where yet, I want to surprise.

Joan - I'm glad you liked them.

Alexandra - When you look at that massive stone, you have the feeling it must have been placed there simply for what the Indians used it.  It's absolutely amazing.

Aug 18, 2014 11:44 AM #18
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Barbara-Jo - I'm almost certain a few lefties used that rock.

Sheila - There was an unusual thing that happened when I typed that story. The words seemed to flow from outside myself.

Debbie - Stories of Americana flow in the AR realm!

Rebecca - You're very welcome!

Bruce & Sharon - I've visited a lot of interesting places, but that rock is off the charts unusual!

Yolanda - I'm glad you enjoyed it.  I hope you are having a great week!

Marshall - When I wrote this piece, I hoped to provide the sense I had when I was in the park visiting.  There is a spirit imprinted on that area.

Aug 18, 2014 11:50 AM #19
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Silvia - In all my travels around California and elsewhere, I've seen nothing like it!

Patricia - I'm glad you enjoyed it!  The Indian Grinding Rock visit came early in the day.  We were the only visitors present, and it was quite.  The words used in this piece seemed to flow in my thoughts while looking at that rock.  They came easy.  Not all of my writing does so.

Bob - I had a half brother, who married a full blood Native American woman. Sometimes, we would go to tribal events.  I absolutely loved them.

Aug 18, 2014 11:54 AM #20
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
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Okay Myrl, I closed my eyes but had to open them to read on. I'm glad I did, what a wonderful post with excellent photos.

Where's that suggest button when you need it??  :)

Aug 18, 2014 04:00 PM #21
Christopher Lotte
Red 1 Realty - Lithopolis, OH
Central Ohio Realtor, 614-390-9243

Hello ,

wow! i just love every photo yu have there... thanks for sharing...

have a great day!

Aug 18, 2014 10:24 PM #22
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
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Mryl~you've been featured in today's Tuesday Travelogue!

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Aug 19, 2014 03:57 AM #23
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good afternoon Myrl,

I'm stopping by after seeing your post featured in Gayle's  Tuesday Travelogue! Your post is so well written..I loved the story you weaved..thanks for taking us along your adventures:).

Aug 19, 2014 04:20 AM #24
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I'm also vising from Gayle's Tuesday feature...love the photos, and you always have an engaging writing style. What's not to love? Thanks, Myrl.

Aug 19, 2014 04:23 AM #25
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

What a great place, now that is somewhere i would love to visit. There is only a few sates i have not been to and those are all on the west coast. Some day...

Aug 19, 2014 08:12 AM #26
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 I stopped back to see this again California is beautiful no matter what part, I hear you guys should be getting a wet fall. I hope so!

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