Gold Towns: Jamestown

Gold was discovered on Woods’ Creek in August 1848. Jamestown was founded by Colonel George F. James, a San Francisco lawyer, who located at this point on the creek some four miles southwest of Sonora. Jamestown fell on hard times after the Gold Rush, but experienced a dramatic resurgence in the 1880s Continue reading Gold Towns: Jamestown

Gold Towns: Jackson

It was once casually known as “Bottileas” (with several spellings), apparently because of the empty-bottle debris scattered about by early gold miners in transit to Mokelumne Hill and other known gold-strike sites. Nevertheless it was a convenient stopping place, and a campsite founded there in 1849 was named for Alden M. Continue reading Gold Towns: Jackson

Gold Towns: Georgetown

Residents of Georgetown, the northeastern-most town in the California Mother Lode, call it “The Pride of the Mountains.” It is named for George Phipps, who founded a mining camp there on August 7, 1849. Phipps and his fellow sailor companions initially named it “Growlersburg,” due to the heavy, gold-laden Continue reading Gold Towns: Georgetown

Gold Towns: Foster’s Bar

Foster’s Bar was a mining camp founded by William McFadden Foster, a Donner Party survivor who also participated in the rescue efforts. He was the husband of Sarah Ann Murphy Foster, son-in-law of Levinah Jackson Murphy (who perished); brother-in-law of Mary Murphy Johnson Covillaud, and brother-in-law of Michael Continue reading Gold Towns: Foster’s Bar

Gold Towns: Folsom

Following the gold discovery in 1848, numerous mining camps sprang up along the American River. One of these was Negro Bar, first mined by African Americans in 1849. In 1855 the town of Granite City was laid out on that site by Army Captain Joseph Libbey Folsom. Having arrived in California in 1847 for the Continue reading Gold Towns: Folsom