“The History of a Place Called Rescue” Premiers on Channel 2
The story of Rescue’s past has been preserved on film by videographer, Marilyn Gilham. Her latest production, “The History of a Place Called Rescue”, is premiering this month exclusively on Sierra Community Access Television, Comcast Channel 2. Viewers will learn about the first settlers in Rescue, California, the earliest having come to search for gold. But soon after many settled in the area to farm and establish businesses, many of which supported the gold mining community. This video features photos from Rescue Historical Society and private collections, historical re-enactments of Gold Rush Days in Clarksville and Marshall Gold Discovery State Park, aerial photography by Jason Bross, and a rich narrative based on Marilyn’s interviews with long-time residents of Rescue whose ancestors settled in the region.
Aerial video by Jason Bross enhances this production as he wings his camera equipped quad-copter over and around the historic Pleasant Grove House that sits aside Green Valley Road. Those who have driven by the site all too often, upon viewing this video, will garner an intimate sense of the property’s house, barn, blacksmith shop and other out buildings as well as possess a sense of its historical significance and know the stories of the people who once lived there.
Viewers will learn how Rufus Hitchcock and his wife, Nancy, set up a boarding house at the Green Springs Road House in what was then White Oak Township, now Rescue. It was located on Coloma Road, what is now known as Green Valley Road. This was a popular boarding house for miners on their way to and from Coloma. In 1850 Rufus built the Pleasant Grove House a mile east. A few short years later the Hitchcock’s died from the small pox epidemics that ravaged Rescue, and the property changed hands. The next owner, Timothy Grace, had a thousand foot dance hall. Later, the Sanders family bought the 350 acre ranch and the site was established as a Pony Express station. Today a Pony Express Trail monument marks the location. The film features local Pony Express re-ennactors telling the history of the Pony Express and demonstrating how the riders changed horses in fifty seconds, riders getting a fresh horse every ten to fifteen miles. (This portion of the video was filmed at a recent Clarksville Days event.)
Published on May 21, 2014
Learn about the early settlers in Rescue, California. They first came to search for gold and soon found a living providing for the needs of the gold seekers and by farming, This video features photos from the Rescue Historical Society and private collections, historical re-enactments of Gold Rush Days in Clarksville and Marshall Gold Discovery State Park, aerial photography by Jason Bross, and a rich narrative based on Marilyn's interviews with long time residents whose ancestors settled in the region. This video is produced by Marilyn Gilham.
The next chapter “in the story” tells of how the William Rust, Jr. family bought the Pleasant Grove House where William set up shop as a blacksmith, making four dollars for every hoof shod. The Rusts had thirteen children and the property was eventually bought by daughter Louise and husband John Fleming. William continued to live on the property in a little log cabin until he passed away in 1913. The property was in the family until 1950.
Published on May 21, 2014
Part 2: Learn about the early settlers in Rescue, California. They came to farm, search for gold, This video features photos from private and Rescue Historical Society collections, historical re-enactments of Gold Rush Days in Clarksville and Marshall Gold Discovery State Park, aerial photography by Jason Bross, and a narrative based on interviews with long time residents whose ancestors settled in the region. This video is produced by Marilyn Gilham.
Authentic time period music provided by Dan Little, Thomas Bently, Allan Fuller and Jenny Rutherford gives the film a deep historic ambiance.
For those with Comcast, prime time air times may be found on the weekly schedule posted at http://sierratv2.blogspot.com/p/schedule.html. For those who do not have Comcast, the video may be watched online at the Sierra Community Access Television On Demand page, http://sierratv2.blogspot.com/p/video-on-demand.html, or the SCATV2 YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/scatv2. Sierra Community Access Television is proud to include this video in its collection of 25 videos found in its YouTube scatv2 Channel History of El Dorado Playlist.
For further information about this SCATV2 video feature contact Marilyn Gilham at 408-994-9242 or George Sabato at 530 622-8013 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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