Many think Timbuctoo was just an old make believe place.
It was a real town of over 1000 people in the last half of the 19th century.
Located a little west of Grass Valley, Ca. on Hwy 20, it was a bustling mining town with it's share of saloons and brothels until the mining played out.
It had a Wells Fargo Office (see pictures) and I imagine much gold passed through it's heavy iron doors.
I was stationed at Beale Air Force Base which is a few miles west of Timbuctoo and met Madeline at her near by home town of Nevada City, Ca.
We went through Timbuctoo many times until I was discharged in Sept. 1955.
We took these pictures in Aug. 1955. The building was gone when we went through there a few years back.
The building is the Wells Fargo Bdlg and the sign is between the iron doors.
We are sitting on a bench in front of the bldg. Gosh, we were young then.