Not too far away are two tiny towns, both from the Gold Rush era, that somehow cling to life!
The first town is Cherokee. If you can read the small print, you’ll find out that a lot of gold was extracted from the mines here. There was even a diamond mine (the first in the US) and the largest diamond extracted was 6 carats! When the town was founded, in 1853, 2 years after CA became a state, it had a population of over 1000. There were 2 churches, a post office, and 17 saloons! Now you know what was important!
Not too much is left of the town today. The ruins of the mining facility,
the well for the town,
Then there’s the covered bridge. I don’t know when it was built, but I’m guessing it’s a recent reconstruction as it’s in pretty good shape.
It was a good day for a drive to historic California.