Pioneer Church
in Eagleville, Surprise Valley California

Eagleville Pioneer Church was built in the 1860 - 1870s, in the beginning years of the white man's settlement. The town is even smaller than Cedarville but possesses its own charm. It had been several years since we'd been there, so it came as quite a surprise that an old barn was well onto the way to being renovated into a home. Another potential dwelling, an old pioneer home, was also being restored. As we learned from a woman we spoke to on the street, the foundation and the windows had been replaced. I didn't think of it when she said this about the windows, but had the house sat empty for a time and were the windows broken? They were not broken the last time we'd been here. Indeed, we'd liked the house and had taken a photograph. Talking to her, we were happy to learn it was to be restored to its former grandeur.

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Although these little subtleties are special, contributing to a unique charm, Eagleville has little more to offer. When we'd been through before the town had had a little store, but that was gone now. Yet, Eagleville still boasted a post office, and when I think of the cuts the postal service has been considering, I found that surprising. Or at least it probably would be if not for the attitude of the US Congress took towards rural closures. For myself, I'd say that the greatest recommendation Eagleville has to offer is the access to Emerson Creek in the south Warner Wilderness, for the turnoff is but a couple of miles south of town. Even so, I like the sleepy ambience, as well as the whispers of the past that infuse everything. :-)

A bit of important information: When thinking of exploring in the Warner Wilderness, the Forest Service follows a proscription in the south Warner Wilderness that allows lightning struck fires to burn. It goes without saying, but if you happen to be in the wilderness if this happens, get out.

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barrel springs surprise valley back country byway in northeastern california, shadowed by the glory of the south warners, mountains, and the south warner wilderness in the modoc national forest of california

Forward ~ It's dusk and sunlight illuminates Emerson Peak driving to Emerson Campground in the South Warner Wilderness.

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USFS: Modoc National Forest in California. Want to hike? South Warner Wilderness of the Warner Mountains.

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