Archived Pages from 20th Century!!

Welcome to
The Land of Glittering Dreams

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For your enjoyment we recommend that you begin with the Gallery section. 

A first person historical perspective of the miner's life can be found in the Letters section. 

The California Gold Discovery to Statehood Sesquicentennial begins with the 150th anniversary of the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill in Coloma on January 24th 1998. For information on this and other Sesquicentennial events click here

Images from "The Land of Glittering Dreams", the fabled gold rush country of early California, present the work of George and Jo Ann Aiello, a devoted husband and wife photographic team, who have spent many years catching the elusive moods and vanishing landscapes of the Mother Lode. 

The area itself has been called more appealing than fiction; more romantic than history. Once the scene of the brawling camps for the great mines, it retains today the nostalgic traces of those extraordinary times and a sense of history, the reality of which is about to slip away from us. 

The Aiello's are valiant and sensitive recorders of The Land of Glittering Dreams. Their images encompass its regional landscape, the architecture which the pioneers brought to it, the interiors in which they came to live and the tender evidences of the daily life of times past. Now caught for all time by two contemporary photographers who cared enough to do it. 

Robert Bartlett Haas
Former Director of Arts and Humanities,
University of California Los Angeles.
Noted historian of the Mother Lode.
Written as a prospectus for this project in 1979 

Copyright 1997, 1998 Jo Ann and George Aiello. All rights reserved.