By: Karen Misuraca
The foothills of the California Gold Country stretch more than 300 miles along the western slopes of the Sierra Nevadas, all the way to the southern gate of Yosemite National Park. Fed by snowy peaks, six major rivers carve dramatic, steep-sided canyons and rush down the valleys into the heart of the state. Along the Yuba, American, Mokelumne, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, and Merced River corridors, dozens of boomtowns exploded in population when gold was discovered in the mid-1800s, only to be abandoned by the miners and adventure seekers when the lodes were exhausted a decade later.Still looking much as they did more than a hundred years ago, small “forty-niner” Gold Rush towns on...
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