Early Italian pioneers frequently built stone ovens for baking bread. This oven was originally located on the old Ratto family homestead near Calaveritas. It was dismantled in 1995 under the supervision of an archaeologist. The stones were labeled as to their position in the intact oven, and then carefully transported to the Calaveras County Historical Museum in San Andreas and reassembled.
Today, the Calaveras County Historical Society fires up the oven to bake bread, spareribs, and pizza for special events.
Saying it out loud, or even thinking it quietly, the name Lodestar conjures up powerful memories and reflections. And meaning.