The History of the Gold Discoveries in the Northern Mine's [sic] of California's Mother Lode Gold Belt: As Told by the Newspapers and Miners, 1848-1875
This book is the chronological history of the gold rush and gold discoveries from 1848 through 1875, as viewed and reported by the newspapers and miners, on what was called the Northern Mines area of California's Mother Lode Gold Belt. The Northern Mines was that area north of the Cosumnes River, which included Placerville on northward. It included the region containing the South, Middle and North forks of the American River, the Bear River, the South, Middle and North forks of the Yuba River, and the South, Middle and North forks of the Feather River, plus all the other branches and tributaries that ran into the named forks and rivers.
This book contains as many newspaper articles that could be found relating to the gold rush days. In using the newspaper articles from the golden era as printed, with their dates, this reveals just when the "New Diggings" as they were called, were found; where they were being made; how rich some of the diggings were; what type of diggings they were; the names of some of the prospectors who found some of the diggings or who were at the diggings and what they were taking out. There are tales of how some of the diggings were found and why some of them received the names they did. The overall purpose of this book is to give a full picture of exactly what was happening to as many different named diggings, locations, camps, and towns that came up in the Northern Mines area, and to give an account of events over at least a certain length of time, exactly as it was reported.
To determine from just where each newspaper article within this book comes from, each of the newspaper articles used has first, the date on which it appeared in the newspaper, followed in parentheses by the name of the newspaper from which that particular article was obtained from.
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The Events of the first year gold was discovered 1848
The Discoveries and Events of the year 1849
The Discoveries and Events of the year 1850
The Discoveries and Events of the year 1851
The Discoveries and Events of the year 1852
The Discoveries and Events of the year 1853
The Discoveries and Events of the year 1854
The Discoveries and Events of the year 1856
The Discoveries and Events of the year 1857
The Discoveries and Events of the year 1858
The Discoveries and Events of the year 1959
The Discoveries and Events of the Civil War Years 1860 1864
The Discoveries and Events of the year 1865 thru 1875
Maps of the Northern Mines Area
The Discoveries and Events of the year 1855
1857 Daily Union Alta American River Auburn auriferous average banks Bear River bed rock California Canyon cement City claim Coloma commenced Creek deposits discovered discovery ditch dollars per day Dorado Downieville drift dry diggings extensive Feather River five Flat flume four Georgetown Gold Hill Grass Valley gravel ground gulches half hand hundred feet informed Iowa Hill labor last week ledge located lump Marysville Herald Middle Fork miles mill miners months Mormon Island Mountain Democrat nearly Nevada Nevada County newspaper North Fork nugget ounces of gold ounces per day pay dirt piece Placer County Placer Herald Placerville pounds prospecting pure gold quartz rains ravine rich diggings richest ridge rocker running Sacramento season shaft side Sierra County sluice South Fork specimens spring stream struck taken thousand dollars took town tunnel vein vicinity washed weighing winter Yankee Jim’s yield Yuba River