Mining Fun in Helena
Last Chance Gulch, the street where the stores that sponsored the booksigning stand, bears the name given by three desperate gold hunters, who, barely surviving the harsh winter in the area, made a final attempt to dig and discovered the richest vein of gold in the state. The town's historic buildings reflect this period of mining fever, as do the more modest dwellings of those who came to try their luck.
On a ridge overlooking Last Chance Gulch, Sh'tarra and Sequoia have just moved into a century-old home originally built by a Chinese family. Forbidden to mine for gold because of their nationality, the family built the house into the side of a hill, and dug a mine shaft directly into the hill from behind a closet in the kitchen. The mine shaft today is only eight feet deep and used as a broom closet and pantry. Shadowing the front of the house stands a magnificent tree planted by their ninety-year-old neighbor, Gus, when he was a child.
Sh'tarra and Sequoia's hundred year old home
The entrance to the mining shaft in the kitchen
A frontier palace on Park Place in Helena
The old hotel next door to Aunt Bonnie's Books
A mosque in Helena?
Sh'tarra and Sequoia attend gem shows, shopping for stones to incorporate in their pendants, necklaces, rear view mirror hanging pieces, and bracelets. Each piece comes with a card giving information about the stones.
Rear view mirror hangers
Barbara Tellin oil paints wildflowers,
and wants to paint every species in North America.
Barbara Tellin's painting of Sh'tarra
and Sequoia at their
Self-portrait by Barbara Tellin
Sequoia poses with family members
Hashbrown and Zinnia in front of their favorite treat,
They really do look good enought to eat.