California Gold Rush Country & Sierra Nevada Photos

The Gold Rush of 1849, started by a discovery at Sutter's Mill, drew thousands to pan and mine for gold in the mountains east of San Francisco. The pioneer American 49ers founded many towns along a road now called Highway 49. Today these scenic frontier towns are tourist draws hosting interesting museums.

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Mariposa, CA Mariposa Courthouse still in use. Mariposa, CA Schlageter Hotel balcony. Mariposa, CA Mariposa Hotel Inn with shops below. Mariposa, CA
Mariposa Museum, Mariposa, CA Blacksmith Shop & Stamp Mill at Mariposa Museum. Mariposa, CA Counts House & Mariposa Gazette building at Mariposa Museum. Mariposa, CA Circular stove from County Courthouse at Mariposa Museum. Mariposa, CA
Coulterville, CA Hotel Jeffrey upstairs balcony. Coulterville, CA Gold mining stamp mill in Coulterville park on Main St. Coulterville, CA Logging truck traveling along HW 49. Coulterville, CA
Northern Mariposa County Museum, Coulterville, CA Rock Building former private residence & then Coulterville Hotel now Northern Mariposa County Museum. Coulterville, CA Antique pharmacy shelves & artifacts at Northern Mariposa County Museum. Coulterville, CA Horse drawn freight wagon at Northern Mariposa County Museum. Coulterville, CA
Sonora, CA Tuolumne County Courthouse. Sonora, CA City Hotel on South Washington St., built of adobe brick & cut stone. Sonora, CA St. James Episcopal Church , "The Red Church" with octagonal tower on North Washington & Snell Streets. Sonora, CA
Tuolumne County Museum, Sonora, CA Interior former jail section of Tuolumne County Museum. Sonora, CA Tuolumne County Gold nugget collection at Tuolumne County Museum. Sonora, CA Sugg family crazy quilt at Tuolumne County Museum. Sonora, CA
Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, Jamestown, CA Sierra Railway switching locomotive 1265 before roundhouse at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park. Jamestown, CA Steam locomotive at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park. Jamestown, CA White rail bus at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park. Jamestown, CA
Columbia State Historic Park, CA Washington streetscape of Old West at Columbia State Historic Park. Columbia, CA Stage coach & horses in front of Wells Fargo building at Columbia State Historic Park. Columbia, CA Old Columbia Schoolhouse in operation until 1937 at Columbia State Historic Park. Columbia, CA
Mark Twain Cabin & Stanislaus River Mark Twain Cabin replica. CA Stanislaus River near Robinson's Ferry landing on HW 49 between Sonora & Angel's Camp. CA
Angels Camp, CA View of Main St. in Angels Camp. Angels Camp, CA Jumping Frog sidewalk plaque for "Hooligan". Angels Camp, CA Sculpture of Jumping Frog riding a bicycle. Angels Camp, CA
Angels Camp Museum, Angels Camp, CA Just Jenny steam locomotive at Angels Camp Museum. Angels Camp, CA Ornate wooden cage from the Republic of China carrying frog, Hopalong, to the "Frog Olympics" at Angels Camp Museum. Angels Camp, CA Downing & Sons Concord coach at Angels Camp Museum. Angels Camp, CA
Calaveras County Downtown Museum, San Andreas, CA Facade of Calaveras County Downtown Museum building. San Andreas, CA Twin weave basket hat for a woman made by Karok tribe at Calaveras County Downtown Museum. San Andreas, CA Display of typical items seen at A. Pereira General Store plus coffee grinder at Calaveras County Downtown Museum. San Andreas, CA
Red Barn Museum, San Andreas, CA Red Barn Museum & Annex. San Andreas, CA General store items with weigh scale at Red Barn Museum. San Andreas, CA Antique glass container for Kilmer's Swamp Root Kidney, Liver & Bladder Cure at Red Barn Museum. San Andreas, CA
Placerville, CA El Dorado County Court House. Placerville, CA Confidence Engine Co. Firehouse & Mary Jane Shroyers house. Placerville, CA Heritage commercial building. Placerville, CA
Eldorado County Historical Museum, Placerville, CA Gold-ore stamp mill crushing machines at El Dorado County Historical Museum. Placerville, CA Display of interior & typical contents of Studebaker covered wagon at El Dorado County Historical Museum. Placerville, CA Vitrine displaying vintage footwear & carnival glass at El Dorado County Historical Museum. Placerville, CA
Placerville Historical Museum, Placerville, CA Placerville Historical Museum in the Fountain & Tallman Soda Works Building. Placerville, CA Soda Water machine powered by steam engine made by American Soda Fountain Co. at Fountain & Tallman Museum. Placerville, CA Fountain & Tallman soda bottle display at Fountain & Tallman Museum. Placerville, CA
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Coloma, CA Reconstruction of Sutter's sawmill that James Marshall was building when he discovered gold at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA Statue erected in memory of James Marshall who discovered gold in 1848 at Sutter's sawmill at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA Blacksmithing demonstration at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Coloma, CA
Auburn, CA Stairway leading up to Placer County Courthouse. Auburn, CA Old Town Auburn Firehouse. Auburn, CA Scenic river with bridge near Auburn. Auburn, CA
Empire Mine State Historic Park, Grass Valley, CA View down inclined shaft at Empire Mine State Historic Park. Grass Valley, CA Steel safe by Victor Safe & Lock Co. in office at Empire Mine State Historic Park. Grass Valley, CA Cottage at Empire Mine State Historic Park. Grass Valley, CA
Nevada City, CA Firehouse Museum. Nevada City, CA Pelton Water Wheel in park outside South Yuba Canal Building. Nevada City, CA Court House by WPA. Nevada City, CA
Yosemite Mountain-Sugar Pine Railroad, Fish Camp, CA Yosemite Mountain-Sugar Pine Railroad steam locomotive. Fish Camp, CA Yosemite Mountain-Sugar Pine Railroad rail car based on Ford Model A. Fish Camp, CA

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