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Susan Peters

San Francisco, CA

#1 Oct 21, 2008
I love everything about Rail Road Flat except I really wish the store that is directly across from the school would be cleaned up a bit from having the druggies standing in front of it drinking and making transactions (yes we have seen this)
Jane

Concord, CA

#2 Oct 30, 2008
Susan - I am building a cabin in Railroad Flat and love it too. One of the reasons I like it is that is so 50ish - a real Gold Rush atmosphere that includes lots of characters. Maybe pretty redneck but at least authentic. Loosen up and enjoy!! Jane
Mavis

Berkeley, CA

#3 Dec 16, 2008
I've had a weekend home in RRF for 8 years and I have to agree with Susan on this. There are druggies that stand in front of the store, usually all day long, directly across from the school. When my kids go up to the house they won't go to the General Store, drive to Senders in Mtn Ranch instead.
We do enjoy and love it up there and hope to retire there one of these years!
Susan Peters

San Francisco, CA

#4 Dec 16, 2008
We just bought our home up there 1 year ago and love it, but the "General Store" is so gross. I have never seen such a bunch of druggies hanging out in front and in front of the post office they bags of clothes for free pickup and they are strewn all over the post office steps!!!! Kind of bad image for people coming into railroad flat though! how often do you go to your home?

Susan Peters
Mavis

Berkeley, CA

#5 Dec 17, 2008
We go up usually every other weekend, more in the summer. I always thought it was odd the the sheriff doesn't stop by the store more often and clean up those guys.
Susan Peters

San Francisco, CA

#6 Dec 18, 2008
I agree, I have almost never seen the sheriff around there. I love it up there though, we stay away from most of the people up there, I think we are known as "flat landers" but we keep to ourselves. We have about 5 acres and just love it there. We have a neighbor who basically told us when we first moved up there all about the people in the area and the people who frequent that store! UGH!
Mavis

Berkeley, CA

#7 Dec 18, 2008
We've been called "flatlanders" too by a previous neighbor. There is a strong sense of community up there that I really like. The local supervisor, Wilensky got several volunteers and along with my husband and I we cleaned up an adjacent 5 acre parcel where a widow lives and let everything go. You know, old cars, freezers, garbage laying around. It's looking much better.
Liz

Jackson, CA

#8 Dec 22, 2008
I grew up in Glencoe, and attended Rail Road Flat Elementary School during 3rd through 6th grades. I have been to the Rail Road Flat General Store throughout my entire life, and have to say that what I see posted here has been said for more than my twenty-plus years. Yes, there are "colorful" characters, but none so harmful as I have encountered elsewhere. I remember riding my bike to the RRF Store when I was about nine...bought a Lunchable and that was about it. I wasn't harassed or offered drugs--but I did see poverty and its consequences, which made an impression upon me that has since served me well. Yes, a few people there are haggard, but for the most part, they are very sincere and kind. Some are disheartened, even angry, but I have never felt imminently threatened by such folk. Live and let live, I say, and help however and whomever you can. That store also saved me in a pinch more than once--there's nothing like forgetting a key ingredient mid-way through cooking to help one appreciate that little store. Now, since moving further down the mountain, I can without hesitation say that I miss it--characters and all.
Jimmy David

Portland, OR

#9 Dec 22, 2008
I lived in RRF for many years in the 80's as a teen... i can tell you, yes, there are "druggies" about.... but like it was said before, there is a strong sense of community... those "druggies" would have defended my life with theirs!!! when we attended calaveras high, ALL the RRF kids stuck together, thick and thin... Alan and Steve and Scotty Clark... Micha Spearing, Scott Seaman, Brian Davis, Kelly Steinhoff, Blue Hunt, Bill and Dave Miller....and all other i forgot to mention ( alot of years have passed!).Just because you're uncomfortable with thier lifestyle, don't assume they are ANY danger to you and yours.... Who knows, maybey someday one of those "DRUGGIES" in RRF will assist you OR save your judgemental life from the "Jim Flemmings" or "Leonard Lakes" of the world.... wanna know who jim flemming or leonard lake is??? just ask any REAL local and they'll tell you....
Thank You
Susan Peters

Pioneer, CA

#10 Dec 24, 2008
Merry Christmas Everyone!!! Lets hope everyone has a good year.
jane

San Ramon, CA

#11 Jan 10, 2009
Hi, Mavis,
Glad to see your posting! Can't wait to visit the RR grocery to see the colorful locals!! See you in a few weeks. Jane
jane

San Ramon, CA

#12 Jan 10, 2009
Hi, Mavis
Just a howdy from your RRF neighbor. Hope to see you in a few weeks. Mind you stay away from them druggies at the RRF store!!! Jane
BIG RED of Railroad

Pioneer, CA

#13 Jan 12, 2009
Guess what. We deliverance people have some computers now and let us tell you ........yes you will always be flatlanders and unwelcome in our community. We are a close nit community and we help each other out. You people that have posted your ignorant statements we know who you are now because nothing gets by us. Just because some one stands out side the only business in town doesn't make them a druggie. You are so wrong. bet you feel a real chill the next time you go in the store.
Susan Peters

San Francisco, CA

#14 Jan 12, 2009
What is with this, "we know who you are", and with the remark about being unwelcome....life is too short to be so mean!

“I'M GONNA SAY IT ANYWAY!!!!!!”

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#15 Jan 12, 2009
HEY, BIG RED.......
it's jimmy..... i've said some effed up sh*t at some points (toohless ruthless...ect), but i mean it with all the love possible... RRF is/was a BIG part of what shaped me and who i am today... my roads would have never gone the directions they did if not for RRF..... i WILL write a book based on my family's experiences called "To Railroad and Back"......if it ever succedes i would donate 50% of the profits to hand-picked families in the area, voted on by the majority of long time residents.... a couple more years and i'll start... i'm still collecting stories.....anybody got any???
Susan Peters

San Francisco, CA

#16 Jan 12, 2009
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, I love the climate, the peope whom I have met are great, the scenery is wonderful, but I have read things, warnings, etc about the area write here in this website.. I choose to ignore those, I love it up here and although one of the people have said that "flatlanders" are not welcome and never will be....I say, so be it...but you are not the ones deciding whom lives up here, this is Gods country, and it is beautiful in RRF
iamwhoIam

West Point, CA

#17 Jan 13, 2009
Susan Peters wrote:
What is with this, "we know who you are", and with the remark about being unwelcome....life is too short to be so mean!
"Life is too short to be mean"?? well look who is talking! I know the people from RRF and they are good people ok?, and the people who are always out infront of that store the aren't "druggies" and another thing?I remember when my friend's dad's truck broke down and one of the "druggies" you call them,came and helped him fix the truck and here is somthing else you can think about,those people you call "druggies" are people just like you and me who are down on their luck.You have no right to judge them.You should take your own advice.oh and the next time you decide to post something bad about Rail Road Flaters keep this in your mind"don't judge a book by it's cover".oh and I went to that RRF school for 6th grade back in '05 and there was never a problem with the people from the store.
Susan Peters

San Francisco, CA

#18 Jan 14, 2009
Ithink I should have directed this directly to you. You are entitled to your opinion as I am also.
Denise Regant

San Francisco, CA

#19 Jan 14, 2009
Big Red, whats up with the remark "you know who we are", calm down, relax, enjoy life in rrf. Let everyone have their opinion
jane

United States

#20 Jan 16, 2009
Let's move on to more interesting and, yes, exciting things RRF. Two weeks ago, early in the morning, I sited what looked like a huge squirrel racing through the woods. Big bushy tail, about 3-4 ft long with a pure white head. It disappeared in a flash up a tree. It was probably a ringtail. People who have lived here for years have never seen one. They are related to the racoon and are also called miner's cats. The puzzling thing is the pure white head!! Does anyone else know anything about them? They are evidently very reclusive and are nocturnal.
Jane

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