Tag: Highway 49

Map of Highway 49.

Highway 49, named after the famous miners of 1949 extends through the heart of Gold Country and the Mother Lode. It begins in Oakhurst and runs north ending in Vinton. While there is much history in the areas surrounding HWY 49 and the towns it meanders through there it is hard to pinpoint the history on the road itself. It is made up of and runs concurrent to highways 4, 88, 120, 132, 140 and more. Almost as if it were pieced together from other highways to highlight the Gold Country and the Mother Load.

Auburn Stamp Mill

There is really no information about this stamp mill out there. The 5 stamp mill sits in a small roadside park across the street from the “Native Sons of the Golden West” building in Auburn. The park also has an…

Coloma

The old town of Coloma has some residents but is generally considered a ghost town. The only residents are museum/park workers and a few miners. Several original buildings exist. Part of the Marshal Gold Discovery State Park. I believe a…

Columbia – State Historic Park

This small California mining town was occupied by thousands of miners only shortly after the discovery of gold in the area. Dozens of banks, saloons, stores and hotels sprang up to serve the miners. Only a few years later the…

Hidden Treasure Gold Mine – Columbia State Historic Park

Matelot Gulch Mining Co. has closed the mine. After a landslide at the mine they were no longer able to continue tours due to the insurance company. I believe they are still mining but without tourist. The location on the…

Alleghany

Established in 1859 the town was named after the Alleghany Tunnel mine which was named after the Alleghany River. The town was home to the miners of the famed 16 to 1 mine which has been operating since the original…

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