Fort Worth, TX
Photograph - Digital Photograph
Just a few steps off the main drag in Julian California sits the historic "F.L. Blanc Rental" with this inviting porch. Unfortunately, since it is currently an active bed and breakfast, you aren't invited to have a seat and relax! The building was first constructed in 1899 and served as a rental to gold miners during the short gold rush in the area. They say the first tenants probably paid their rent in gold dust. Now this building serves as a bed and breakfast, with all the modern amenities. F. L. Blanc was the first resident preacher of Julian. This site still has the well drilled to provide running water for his mining tenants. They no longer had to carry it 2 blocks uphill from the town well on main St. His minister's pay of $50 a quarter was inadequate to raise a growing family of 8. In order to make ends meet, he used his carpenter skills on many buildings around Julian, ran a lumber mill on the North Cuyamaca mountains and had a mercantile store on Main Street.
May 6th, 2014
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