September 26, 2008
at Pierce Point Dairy
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photo by Donald Kinney
This is the calf shed at the historic Pierce Point Dairy, established in 1860 by Solomon Pierce, at Point Reyes National Seashore.
The main house is still occupied by a park ranger, but it's great fun spooking-around the tank house, school, woodshed, carpenter shop, blacksmith shop, butter and cheese dairy building, horse barn, slaughter house, hay barn, hog shed, and a woodshed.
The location is remote, and in the early days the roads were poor, so they found it more profitable to turn most of the milk into butter and cheese, sending it south to San Francisco by boat.
Modern sanitation laws finally shut the dairy down in 1945, and other dairy farms in the area have taken up the slack since then.
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