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California wildflowers and Gold Rush history; start with gold’s discovery along American River

Towering Foresthill Bridge passes 730 feet over the North Fork, American River, just outside Auburn. The historic Slate Mountain Mine stamp mill, used to crush quartz rock for its gold content, stands on edge of downtown Georgetown, CA. Docents Terry and Gayle Gay are ready to share Gold Rush lore in Marshall Gold Discovery State […]

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Gold Rush cruisin’; gold’s discovery in Coloma and nearby Gold Rush history!

Gold’s discovery in Coloma and nearby Gold Rush history… With the extended Thanksgiving holiday fast-approaching and family/guests in town, take a day’s tour of California’s Gold Rush history. Your exploration should include Sutter’s Mill in Coloma’s James Marshall Gold Discovery Park, just 80 miles from Stockton, and a scenic tour down Highway 49 through a handful of […]

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Sierra foothills cruisin’; late summer/early fall foothills destinations in Gold Country

With kids back in school and the summer crush of tourists waning, it’s time for a weekend getaway in the nearby Sierra foothills.  Highway 49 is just an hour away, so take a day or weekend tour of Gold Country and sample history, quaint towns and scenic attractions along the route! Start your tour at […]

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Apple Hill; apple pie, family fun, crisp days and history galore!

  Crafter’s Barn at High Hill Ranch is popular with holiday shoppers! Lone angler awaits trout bite at High Hills Ranch trout pond, looking out upon the High Sierra in distance. Lifesize stagecoach and horse art await visitors to Apple Hill this fall (photo courtesy Sally Kulik) Sutter’s Mill replica, site of first CA gold […]

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California’s Gold Rush…the trail is nearby in Mother Lode (Coloma, Placerville, Plymouth, Fiddletown to Amador City)

  Between 1850 and 1883, Coloma was home to a large Chinese population. Chinese merchants supplied many of the goods and implements used by the miners; after the huge 1883 fire, most of the Chinese moved on to new locations. These two stone buildings are all that remain of the early China camp. A Placerville […]

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Coloma; birthplace of the California Gold Rush!

Chinese stores: Between 1850 and 1883, Coloma was home to a large Chinese population. Chinese merchants supplied many of the goods and implements used by the miners; after the huge 1883 fire, most of the Chinese moved on to new locations. These two stone buildings are all that remain of the early China camp. The […]

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