BREAKING NEWS . . . on July 18, 2008, the house was engulfed by flames, leaving only a skeleton of wood framing and metal. Water tenders had to ferry water from Sierra Conservation Center (a state prison) because of lack of a hydrant. The family was out of town on vacation at the time of the fire.
An escaped inmate from that same Sierra Conservation center was later charged with arson and various other crimes and later pleaded guilty to the arson.
|The original house|
|Up in flames - from photos on display at the house|
The owner rebuilt her Englishman spruce log home from a burned Canadian forest, using 24- to 30-inch logs. These logs can't burn even at 1,800 degrees.
So Big Whiskey is back, almost complete, and today, there was an open house as a fundraiser for Sonora Elementary School's athletic programs. It has changed from its former style, but sister-in-law Tory and I finally got our visit.
|Big Whiskey is back.|
|The view east toward Sonora|
|View to the west|
|Me modeling prospective residence ;-)|
|The porch goes completely around the house.|
|Selling goodies to benefit school programs|
|The western touch|
|Native slate wall|
|Around the other side|
|A look back at the outside|
|Final shot on the walk down the hill|
See you tomorrow.