Geno took us on a tour checking out a few Gold Rush towns..
“The Gold Rush started at Sutter's Mill, near Coloma. On January 24, 1848 James W. Marshall, a foreman working for Sacramento pioneer John Sutter, found pieces of shiny metal in the tailrace of a lumber mill Marshall was building for Sutter, along the American River. Marshall quietly brought what he found to Sutter, and the two of them privately tested the findings. The tests showed Marshall's particles to be gold. Sutter was dismayed by this, and wanted to keep the news quiet because he feared what would happen to his plans for an agricultural empire if there were a mass search for gold. However, rumors soon started to spread and were confirmed in March 1848 by San Francisco newspaper publisher and merchant Samuel Brannan. The most famous quote of the California Gold Rush was by Brannan; after he had hurriedly set up a store to sell gold prospecting supplies, Brannan strode through the streets of San Francisco, holding aloft a vial of gold, shouting "Gold! Gold! Gold from the American River!" With the news of gold, many families trying their luck at Californian farming decided to go for the gold, becoming some of California’s first miners.”
information via wikipedia
First stop was the town of Coloma in the Coloma Valley
The Below statue is of James Marshall who found the first nugget.
He never did make a fortune.
American River..Where the mill was..RV resort across the river ..nice location, but a bit pricey Replica of the Original Mill At Marshall Park
We visited the Museum at Marshall park..it was very interesting and worth the visit what is this you ask? ..just wood with purdy colors me says…. There were lots of Acorn woodpeckers around..but they didn't cooperate for photos..
They do have a nice red head..
I am hoping a Sicksta might ID this shrub..with this lovely flower..Amador City
..check out the website..
Several Historic buildings…… Garden art I wished I could bring home to my Sickstas.. Kennedy Gold Mine near Jackson
This giant wheel was once outfitted with numerous buckets to remove tailings and waste from the Kennedy Mine site, and transport them over a ridge to a storage reservoir. The tailings had been causing pollution in one of the sources of drinking water for the town of Jackson. . Kennedy Mine seen thru the wheel…Back in Sacramento… Dinner at Tower Cafe..
Today we took another walking tour of Sacramento..
visiting Sutter's Fort SHP
I didn't take photos..but enjoyed the park.