Angels Camp is named for its founder Henry Pinkney Angell (with two l’s), a native Rhode Islander who found gold in 1849 at the confluence of two creeks. Henry invested his new wealth by opening a tent store on his discovery site, becoming one of the first merchants in the newly established gold camp. The Lake Hotel, Continue reading Gold Towns: Angels Camp
After gold was discovered in January 1848 at Coloma, the site of John Sutter’s sawmill-building project, crew-member Henry Bigler wrote to his fellow discharged Mormon Battalion friends who were erecting a grist (flour) mill for Sutter closer to Continue reading June Events: Mormon Island
Auburn was one of the earliest mining camps in California. Gold was discovered there May 16, 1848 by French native Claude Chana, a barrel-maker in the sometime employ of John Sutter. First known as North Fork Dry Continue reading Gold in Auburn!
Perhaps the most delightful first-person account of California’s gold mines, The Shirley Letters is a collection of 23 letters written by Louisa Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe from her mining-camp home in Rich Bar to her sister in Massachusetts. Continue reading Dame Shirley