“A Frenzy seized my soul: unbidden my legs performed some entirely new movements of polka steps, I took several....Piles of gold rose before me at every step; castles of marble, dazzling the eye with their rich appliances; thousands of slaves bowing to my beck and call; myriads of fair virgins contending with each other for my love, were among the fancies of my fevered imaginations. The Rothschilds, Girards and Astors appeared to me but poor people; in short, I had a very violent attack of the Gold Fever.”....James H. Carson, Recollections of the California Mines.
The Virtual California Gold Country: Highway 49 Revisited is broken down into five volumes. The jumps below (and/or their corresponding icons on your right) will take you to these volumes, from whence you may peruse many fine chapters of information and links on Gold Country or Gold Rush topics. To return to this page at any time, click on the runaway mine car.
THE CALIFORNIA GOLD COUNTRY: HIGHWAY 49 REVISITED—A descriptive and informational site concerning my Gold Rush History/Mother Lode Tourguide/Coffee Table Picture book of the same title. Available for delivery, in softcover or hardcover versions.
THE GOLD RUSH—This volume details the history of the California Gold Rush from many different viewpoints: first hand accounts, later recollections and memoirs of Gold Rush pioneers, and recent studies of the days of gold from various sources. Also included are contemporary images and literary works, depicting life in the California Gold Mines.
THE GOLD COUNTRY—Included herein are links to various sites about the Gold Country; informational, recreational, and topical. Mining camps with pages on the web, State Parks, Chambers of Commerce, prospecting sites, museums, media, lodging, local events....in short, interesting Gold Country links.
THE VIRTUAL CALIFORNIA GOLD COUNTRY TOURGUIDE—A combination history/travel guide detailing the mining camps located on and about California State Highway 49, concerning their beginnings, the early-day settlers, the miners, the bandits, and the elephant. View vintage photos and illustrations, as well as current images of many surviving historic sites and buildings. Also included for the traveler: Lodging information, local museums, things to do and places to go, broken down by individual Mother Lode towns. If you’re planning on taking a trip to the Gold Country, this is the place to start.
THE GOLD RUSH BOOKSTORE—Browse through our selection of Gold Rush and related books of interest available for sale, courtesy of Malakoff & Co.’s Gold Rush Bookstore, an associate of Amazon.com Books.