Gold Towns: Sacramento

Gold created Sacramento, although the precious metal wasn’t embedded in its soil. In early 1848, the only structure of any importance or substance in the entire Sacramento Valley was John Sutter’s trading post two miles east of the confluence of the Sacramento and American Rivers, just 40-odd miles distant from Continue reading Gold Towns: Sacramento

Gold Towns: Rough & Ready

It was one of the first mining towns in Nevada County, founded in September 1849 by the Rough and Ready Mining Company of Wisconsin—whose leader had served under “Old Rough & Ready” General Zachary Taylor in the Mexican-American War. For several months the company was able to keep the richness of Continue reading Gold Towns: Rough & Ready

Gold Towns: Rich Bar

Located high up in the northern regions of the Feather River in Plumas County, Rich Bar was a mining camp on the river’s north fork, in a gulch beneath the summits of towering ridges. Legend says it was discovered in July 1850 by unknown stragglers returning from the search for a fabled but non-existent lake of Continue reading Gold Towns: Rich Bar

Gold Towns: Placerville

The great California Gold Rush began when news leaked of James Marshall’s discovery at Coloma in January 1848. Frenzied sailors, soldiers, settlers and merchants scrambled throughout the area, and by the summer of 1848 more than 1,000 men were working at a new camp initially called Old Dry Diggins, down the hill from Continue reading Gold Towns: Placerville

Gold Towns: Oroville

Some people believe that a treasure trove of gold still lies beneath the city’s streets, but the town would have to be destroyed before anyone could find out. Certainly there was gold in the gravels on the banks of the Feather River when the first prospectors came to the site in 1849, forming a mining camp there in 1850 named Continue reading Gold Towns: Oroville