GOLD RUSH TREASURE HUNT

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We added to our “work” map,  taken from http://Malakoff.com Goldmining

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The end of January we went for our anniversary on a tour of the gold rush towns in California.
Coming from Oakhurst in the South we followed high way 49 (the main vein for finding gold in 1849),
going North up to Amador County, Placerville and to the East )Pollock Pines, close to Lake Tahoe).

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this part is from Coulterville to Jackson and Sutter Creek
(kind of the middle part of the Gold Rush tour).
The road kept climbing and with that the vegetation became greener,
but also many hairpin corners! Luckily no city traffic!

The pillars of this bridge are extremely high,
didn’t take time to go off the road for a better angle.

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A straight view since the turnout on the road was small
Isn’t it gorgeous?
Also kind of half looking for an (eventual) house – we are both attracted to pioneering stuff,
but no houses at all for at least an hour all around, a little too much like “Little House on the Prairie” (at our age).

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looking down on  a lovely lake.

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Passed several towns  – quite tiny  –  with on  main street (highway 49)
a couple of houses and 2 – 3 stores. This house with two fences:)

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Jackson and Sutter Creek were so close together
that it looked like the same town. We recently moved half an hour from here. So, am telling you about my NEW NEIGHBORHOOD!

Sutter Creek is called “the gem” of the Gold Rush towns
where gold was found in precious stones like quartz, etc.
I’ve seen a big stone of that in a store –  an expensive artwork in itself!
These towns are a little bigger, hence a good selection of stores

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if you’re wondering – the “thing” in the middle holds my set of old-fashioned metric weights from Europe, to make it a  more interesting pic)

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Spent some time at Main Street in the historic part of Jackson
Can’t get away without visiting a yarn & bead store  (and buying, lol)
In chatting with the owner she told the reason why the business was born.

A few months after having retired and moved
from a bigger city, she was so bored that she had a “need for something to do”
and voila “the Hole Affair” with yarn and beads was in business.

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We both love browsing at second hand bookstores.
When our second one showed signs as a toddler
she was not interested in reading, we made sure she would overcome her dislike.

Now as a mother of three, the first opportunity  to go out for coffee when visiting her city,
she takes us to a B. & N. so she, and her little ones can read:):)

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Along the road we saw several signs of “Gold Panning.”
Before our trip had seen a tutorial on You Tube of gold panning. It’s easy!
You just need a couple of buckets of water, a screen, and a shallow pan.

Some did become rich:):)
The news  ( Feb.25) reported John and Mary’s find of a 8 buckets of gold coins from the gold rush time in their back yard, at a value of 10 million! Yes, ten – no typo.
(Interview by Kagin’s Corner Archives)

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You want to come treasure gold hunting with me?

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31 thoughts on “GOLD RUSH TREASURE HUNT

  1. That looks like a beautiful area. I also love second-hand bookstores – I never know what I’ll walk out with!

    Yes, our winters can be long at 7,500 feet elevation (our first snow may be tonight), but we also get lots of sunshine, and t-shirt days even in January and February.

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  2. Beautiful photos! This is a great part of the state. I haven’t been up to the gold country for many years. We’ve been waiting for an excuse to go back up there. the “excuse” recently presented itself to us. You mentioned Pollock Pines. An organization we belong to recently purchased a historic camp ground there (Ghost Mountain). So all it costs us to stay there is gas money. Soon!

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  3. What a great neighborhood — beautiful and a lovely idea for a tour following that gold rush map. We saw a lot of the Klondike Gold Rush History places while in Alaska — it was a hard trek and fruitless for most of those who tried to get rich up there in the frozen North; at least the climate in CA was better.

    I’ll bet you are glad to be getting organized in your new home.

    I love the story about your daughter and reading …. I loved when our kids followed the family tradition and read aloud to their kids.

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  4. The real treasure you found there is those pictures you took… I like the one with the whool and the weights : the composition speaks to me.

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