Original Gold Diggings
Look in the meadow
(the stream is not usually visible).
this field Bill Holcomb made his original discovery.
“Pannin’ and diggin’” along the intermittent
seasonal stream yielded some of the purest gold ever recovered in
In 1861 and 1862 thousands of claims were staked throughout
the valley. Staking
and recording a claim was easy – protecting it was often a more
difficult task. One
old claim paper says, “Joe Brown, takes this ground, jumpers
will be shot.”
is about all there is to see on this stop.
There is a rail fence looking down into a rather small pit.
There is no trail available to trek off onto, so we just
moved on after taking this photograph.
1. Holcomb View Trail - 2.
Last Chance Placer
Wilbur's Grave (Not on the tour)
3. Two Gun Bill's Saloon - 4. Jonathan Tibbett's
Grasshopper Quartz Mill
5. Hangman's Tree - 6.Original Gold Diggings - 7. Belleville -
9. Ross' Grave - 10. Pygmy Cabin Site - 11. Metzger Mine
12. Gold Mountain A.K.A. Lucky Baldwin Mine