8 Interesting Gold Rush Facts The Gold Rush began after James Wilson Marshall, a carpenter and sawmill operator, found gold in the American River of California in 1848. Sadly, Marshall never made a profit from his discovery, and as a result of his breakthrough, the sawmill eventually closed after all of the workers spent their time searching for gold. Although Gold Rushers were predominantly Americans, gold seekers also traveled from Latin America, Europe, China and Australia. Word travels fast, even in [...]
A Fun Filled Day at Calaveras Big Tree State Park Visitors of 49er RV Ranch will have plenty to do while onsite, but for those who wish to venture off, one place to see for sure is Calaveras Big Tree State Park, which is roughly 28.5 miles away. Upon arrival to Calaveras Big Tree SP, you'll immediately notice what's so special about this place. The trees are relics of prehistoric times when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Many of the trees can [...]
According to PR Newswire, Rand McNally has launched an iPad GPS application designed specifically for RV navigation. The first of its kind, this app “provides RV class-specific routing (and with a quick toggle, over to car routing) based on Rand McNally's proprietary road data and navigation, plus thousands of RV parks and campgrounds, RV-friendly locations, RVer tools and pre-planned trips.” The app includes a dynamic weather feature in which a map feature will help predict weather conditions. Also included is an [...]
The Oldest Campground In California Established in 1865, 49er RV Ranch is renown today for being the oldest campground in the state of California. Here is a fascinating legend of the man who created the establishment, resident ghost, Willie. Thanks to a surplus of gold miners, resident ghost Willie and some of his family members settled in as dairy farmers during the heart of the gold rush. The dairy farm provided gold miners with milk, cheese and other needed dairy products. [...]
Living Gold Rush Experience the Gold Rush with a visit to Columbia State Historic Park. This State Park is an unusual combination of a museum and a ‘LIVING’ 1850’s Gold Rush Town. Also visit a nearby ranch that began serving Columbia’s dairy needs in 1852. Today, this ranch provides an interesting collection of relics and memorabilia which include gold rush era buildings, ranch and mining tools, an unusual 22 million year old stone fence post and more. […]
Fascinating History Of A Gold Rush Road An ancient Indian migration and trading powwow trail reveals fascinating history and surprising links to Italian Gold, German Beer, Kentucky Milk, and a major Indian Rebellion. This trail is located in California’s Mother Lode foothills between Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe and Sacramento. […]
A Columbia Legend Recalled Gold rush letters and diaries foster fascinating legends, such as this legend of a 49er Argonaut known as Willie. 49ers were often referred to as Argonauts in reference to legendary Greek mythology of dangerous journeys. […]
More About California’s Oldest Campground Growth Hazard– With water for large scale mining, Columbia’s population soared to about 15,000 by 1852. Arriving families established schools, churches and over 100 businesses. This made Columbia a solid and significant town. However, the constant inflow of new arrivals continually outpaced the town’s ability to provide basic needs of food and housing. […]
Discounted Rate Special! If you book your next trip here while staying with us you will receive 2 nights for $49, which is basically half price! Booking is subject to dates available. This offer will not be honored on any major holidays.
Stop by the Gazebo in the mornings and afternoons and enjoy a nickel cup of coffee. Our hospitality host will be happy to help you plan your day and provide you with directions and tips so that you experience the very best of what the Mother Lode offers.