Gold Rush Towns of Nevada County, California (Images of America Series)
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Gold Rush Towns of Nevada County, California (Images of America Series)

by Maria E. Brower
     
 

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Nevada County is webbed with some of the richest veins of goldbearing quartz in the world. First discovered in 1849 as placer gold washed into creek beds, hydraulic miners later used massive jets of water to melt mountains and free the precious metal. Rich lodegold districts such as Grass Valley and Nevada City were the most productive in California, and…  See more details below

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Nevada County is webbed with some of the richest veins of goldbearing quartz in the world. First discovered in 1849 as placer gold washed into creek beds, hydraulic miners later used massive jets of water to melt mountains and free the precious metal. Rich lodegold districts such as Grass Valley and Nevada City were the most productive in California, and innovations such as hydraulic mining began here and spread throughout the nation. Whimsical names like You Bet, Red Dog, Rough and Ready, French Corral, and Blue Tent hint at the colorful beginnings of dozens of camps that grew from wild and chaotic tent towns to bustling young communities, complete with schools, churches, and businesses. Boomtowns North San Juan, North Bloomfield, and Columbia propelled Nevada County to the head of the state's economy by 1900 and hundreds of miles of gold-bearing quartz veins continued to be tapped in underground tunnels for another 50 years or more.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738546926
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
10/25/2006
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,146,512
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


Maria E. Brower, author of the Images of America volume Nevada City, is the former manager of the Doris Foley Library for Historical Research in Nevada City. She also serves on the board of the Nevada County Historical Society, edits its quarterly bulletin, and was the founder of the Nevada County Genealogical Society.

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