The Foundation

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foundation.jpgA view of the foundation from the southwest corner.

There is a foundation comprised of two sections of cement on the south side of the arboretum path. Rising up from the soil like ancient English stone formations, it may have been a foundation for a farmhouse, but there is no confirmation of this. There are sections of the foundation that look like chimney supports. Even though the Pony Express usually stopped in Sacramento and the mail was transferred to steamboats sometimes a rider would pass by here on his way to San Francisco. There is a monument to this effect on the other side of the path to the southwest from the ruins.

The Labyrinth

labyrinthinruins.jpgNote center wall is more intact at this point

At some point someone made a temporary labyrinth in the western half of the foundation. Comparing the photos it looks like the walls have broken down quite a bit in the time since the one with the labyrinth was taken.

further notes and photos

Some local high school students use it as a place to smoke weed and eat shrooms.

Surely there are some decent Urban Legends that can rise from this site. See the page on urban art for a photo of this place.

I heard once (but I can't remember when, or who I was talking to) that this place used to be water storage in the summer months when Putah Creek (which used to flow through what's now the arboretum) dried up in the summer. The walls never were very high. This was of course "back in the day".

foundation_view_from_north.jpgA view of the foundation from the northeast corner.

foundation_sp2005_1.JPGTaken Spring 2005

foundation_sp2005_2.JPGTaken Spring 2005

Old waste water treatment facility?

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