Gold. Gold Mining. Mining Camps. Camp Followers. Following Highway 49.

If you're interested in the California Gold Rush Country, you've come to the right place, 'cause the virtual tour starts here. Travel along Highway 49 and visit the old mining camps, see the sights and learn their history, all without leaving the comfort of your desktop. And if you're planning on visiting the Gold Country, you'll find a plethora of valuable information amongst these pages. The sights to see, the places to stay, what to do, and how to get there.

The Mining Camps

Gold Rush Players

The information contained within these pages is basically an extended, virtual edition of my book, The California Gold Rush: Highway 49 Revisited. Thus, these pages somewhat follow the same format. The Introduction gives a brief history of the discovery of gold in California, and the consequences of that discovery. The Mining Camps provide a detailed history of how the gold camps were founded, by whom, and how they prospered. Also included in this section is information that Gold Country travelers will find useful. The Gold Rush Players refer to some of the important figures of the Gold Rush, and provides a brief biography of those early pioneers.

The California Gold Country: Highway 49 Revisited
Copyright © 1995 by Elliot H. Koeppel
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