It’s been long-known that some of the poisonous mercury from the Sierra made its way downstream. One big example of that is the crater in Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park.
The Placerville woman wanted to help. She learned that the grave she was looking for belonged to Mason Brown, a man who came to California in 1849 from Maine during the Gold Rush.
Across the West, early miners digging for gold, silver and copper had no idea that one day something else very valuable would be buried in the piles of dirt and rocks they tossed aside.
Read about early life in Sacramento, the dynamic landscape of the Sacramento Valley and what makes Sacramento the Indomitable City.
The Wild West spirit of California’s Gold Rush is living on in a dispute between government agencies and a Sierra Nevada landowner.
A beautiful two-hour drive from Sacramento and you’ll find Sonora, the eleventh oldest city in California. Incorporated in 1851, just two years after gold was discovered in nearby hills, Sonora still embraces its rich history through restored buildings, parks, and museums. Check out our favorite places in Sonora, California to get your local history fix.