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Clotilde Merlo Park , Paradise Ridge @ Sterling

Updated on June 17, 2013

Beauty in Bronze, statues that is!

Clotilde Merlo Park is a wonderful day trip if you are visiting the Paradise/Magalia area or if you are fortunate enough to live there.

It is an area of natural beauty: Paths for hiking through the pine trees, benches beside the huge pond (which is full of fish) for resting, meditating, reading a good book or watching the children run and play. Most memorable are the collection of Bronze statues of children in all poses of running, jumping, lying on the ground reading a book--and the list goes on. I believe we counted about thirty (30) before we gave up and began counting the many colorful trees and bushes that we were not familiar with. Just kidding, we didn't try to count the trees!

Clothilde park bronze statues

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Friends Beauty in BronzeBoys best friendSharing a booktettter, totter, bread and water- how does the rest of that rhymm go???
Beauty in Bronze
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Boys best friend
Boys best friend
Sharing a book
Sharing a book
tettter, totter, bread and water- how does the rest of that rhymm go???
tettter, totter, bread and water- how does the rest of that rhymm go???

BBQ Area

The park is located in the tiny town of Sterling and was donated by Mr. Merlo in memory of his mother. He was the owner/founder of the Louisiana Pacific lumber Company and there is much history recorded at the park and throughout the park for you to learn about the area.

There is a large area designated for group gatherings with picnic tables and a barbeque pit for grilling up your steaks. I assume it is an area you can reserve for your parties.


There are trails designated to hike up and around the whole area. It is quite easy walking so if you enjoy walking you can probably get around with no problem. If you are lucky, you may see some wildlife climbing the trees or walking across the trail in front of you.

This way to the Chapel

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Chapel in the pines

Don't miss the Chapel in the pines--it is beautifully created and invites you to worship or meditate. I have included pictures of the Chapel.

Meandering down the path with family or friends or alone if you enjoy alone time!

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Is that a dragon fly?  there are lots of them around the water
Is that a dragon fly?  there are lots of them around the water
Is that a dragon fly? there are lots of them around the water | Source

Walking around the Pond

Gary and I enjoyed our visit there. Walking all around the pond, along paths, over bridges that took us across the water and the flowers blooming -- we felt we were experiencing a walk with our Lord, viewing all His many wonders. As we wondered over bridges and down the pathways we discovered a huge waterfall, flowers of many varieties, fish in the pond from very tiny to about 24 inches and dragonflies abound along the edges of the water and over the grassy areas.

A little bit of history and information

I am including some signs with information you might be interested in.

Some information signs at the park

We will return!

I am sure Gary and I will return many times to enjoy the tranquility and hiking trails.


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    • Bettyoverstreet10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Betty (Alawine) Overstreet 

      5 years ago from Vacaville, Ca.

      I somehow missed this reply from you a while back. Sorry! I was born in Honobia, Oklahoma and my parents moved us to Calif in the mid 40s. I have lived on the west coast (Calif, Oregon) the rest of my life. I still have some cousins in Idabel and my husband has a cousin in Barlesville. We made a trip back through there last year last year singing in Senior care homes and Churches in Barlesville, ok, a few places in Tennessee, Misouri and Colorado. It was a wonderful trip! Love to sing Gods music!

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      Joanna McKenna 

      5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Thanks for correcting the spelling! The Penticos are only distant relations on my dad's side, but several years ago I and the wife of a Pentico descendant discovered a "history" published in 1940 was full of errors and misinformation, so we set out to correct the errors and also bring it up to date. The orginal Pentico had 10 or 12 children, so it's been an interesting journey tracking the descendants of each child down to the present, as well as discovering gems like the Merlo family!

      Where in Oklahoma are you from? I'm only a transplanted Okie, btw, born and raised in KS. Moved here a couple of years ago to escape the icy winters "up north". Nobody told me OK is the #3 state for earthquakes, or that I'd be in the crosshairs of monster tornadoes each May. Aside from being shaken and stirred occasionally, or threatened with being blown into the next county, it's not a bad place to live. ;D

    • Bettyoverstreet10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Betty (Alawine) Overstreet 

      5 years ago from Vacaville, Ca.

      Thank you so much for letting me know about the misspelling of her name. It is changed! So you are a relative of the family? I was surprised when I read the history of Mr Merlo having been the Louisiana Pacific lumber owner. When I was a young girl and later a young wife the men in my family all worked for the company in the Rockport area near Ft Bragg. It is a beautiful park, as you can see by the pictures. BY the way, I am originally from Oklahoma!

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      Joanna McKenna 

      5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      As soon as I saw the name Clotilde - please correct the spelling in the title, thanx - I knew what this hub was about. I came across this family years ago while updating a history of my PENTICO family. Clotilde was a 27-yr-old Italian WWI war widow who came to America in 1920 with her 5-yr-old son, Pete (Joseph Peter, birth surname unknown). Pete (adopted by Clotilde's second husband) would later marry Leone Mildred Pentico. It made me chuckle to learn that Clotilde's third son Harry's vineyard produced - what else? - Merlo Merlot! You can't make this stuff up! ;D


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