I saw a story on the local news the other night where they interviewed a man who sells mining equipment, and he said sales are up! No wonder, with the price of gold nowadays, and the state of the economy. I love living in the Gold Country, and all along Highway 49 are wonderful towns full of history. (It doesn't hurt that there are many great antiques shops and thrift stores along the way, either!) The cover of the Sunset book, above, has a photo from Nevada City. The sketches below by Otheto Weston depict images from Columbia California, some good old Miner 49ers,and a scene from a wagon train.
This postcard is a photo of (from the back of the card) "Famed Old Ben Fullingim from Tuolumne County,Calif. with his donkey Nugget on the Columbia to Angels Camp road just above Parrot's Ferry Bridge. Old Ben is a familiar sight in parades throughout Central California". He was a prospector, and certainly looked the part! And speaking of parades, Placerville is the site of the Wagon Train Parade every summer.
Last, but absolutely not least - here is a picture of our very own beloved Grandpa panning for gold sometime in the 60's. I think he must have had a bit of the "Gold Fever" himself. I think he and our uncle even used a dredge, if I recall correctly. And Uncle had a wet suit. I'm not sure how much they found , but I'm sure they found SOME!
Did you notice the Olympia beer can on the rock? Daddy used to drink that, too. We even got to tour the brewery in Tumwater, Washington years ago!