The first major gold rush in the United States occurred in northern Georgia, predating the California Gold Rush by nearly twenty years. A deer hunter accidentally kicked up an “interesting” rock near the Chestatee River, circa 1828. By June 1830, thousands of hopeful miners from all over had swarmed into Continue reading Gold Mining Tools
Organized in 1850 as one of the original 27 California counties, Mariposa was the largest county in geographical terms, with an area of about 30,000 square miles covering one-fifth of the state. It included most of present-day Mono and Inyo counties, all of present-day Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Kern Continue reading Mariposa County Then & Now
One of the original 27 California counties created in 1850, Butte’s borders encompassed geographical areas that today are parts of Lassen, Plumas, Tehama, Glenn, and Colusa Counties. The original county seat was at Hamilton, on the Feather River; however, as Hamilton’s gold diggings were exhausted, the large Continue reading Butte County then & now
The term “gold dust” conjures an image of a sand-like or coarse salt substance, but this was merely a convenient Gold Rush name for various-sized, small gold particles that included pea-sized nuggets and fish-scale-sized flakes. Miners typically Continue reading What is Gold Dust?