Gold Country Books

The Gold Rush of California

california indpendentThe largest migration in world history, of Overland pioneers traversing the continent on foot with wagons and horses, took place right here – beginning in 1848. The discovery of the precious metal gold, that set this rolling, was centered around the western Sierra rivers and mountains of California. The migration west began much earlier, but it increased dramatically after the news spread.

Gold Country Books can relate the historic details of yesteryear.

Within only a decade the entire West Coast was transformed into a developed landscape, with people coming from all over the world to stake out their claims, dreaming of fortunes or simply, just to find work and create a new life. Hence, California became a U.S. state in 1850. Consequently, the railroads followed soon after.

Find Gold Country Maps

Gold Rush Map Books

Columbia State Historic Park, California

California’s Gold Country Books

Gold Country Books

Coloma Gold Centennial Stamp 1948

 

Our Favorites on California History

Little did I know what pleasure reading California historical books would bring me in my middle years of life. Transport yourself to the dusty trails and hardships of Overland pioneer life, or imagine a two year journey sailing around the bottom of South America to reach this desolate coast in the early 1800’s. Read these books below to get a glimpse into an Old California story. One you can only dream about, knowing what has become of it today.

Gold Country Books

Gold Country Goofballs in Auburn, CA

Sacramento Books

Books for Sacramento Valley, American River, Sacramento River, Gold Country, Western Sierra Nevada, California

Sacramento River Valley & Sierra Foothills

Sacramento Books

Sacramento Books


Sacramento Books

Sacramento Books

Sacramento Books

Gold Country Maps

Maps for the California Gold Country

california indpendentGold Country Maps for the Western Sierra foothills, parks, forests, river canyons, fishing, camping, hiking, from Yosemite to the Sierra Buttes. The famous Gold Rush Country in California has historic buildings, mines, roads, and dams. The foothills region is home to numerous big river canyons, which is also the central focus of the historic mining activity.

California Mining Rivers:
Feather River
Yuba River
American River
Cosumnes River
Mokelumne River
Stanislaus River
Tuolumne River
Merced River

Gold Country Maps

Gold Country Maps


Gold Country Maps

Of the approximate 300,000 people who came to California during the Gold Rush, about half arrived by sea and half came overland. While most of the newly arrived were Americans, the gold rush attracted thousands from Latin America, Europe, Australia, and China.

Agriculture and ranching expanded throughout the state to meet the needs of the settlers. San Francisco grew from a small settlement of about 200 residents in 1846 to a boomtown of about 36,000 by 1852. In 1849 a state constitution was written. In September 1850, California became a state.

At the beginning of the Gold Rush, there was no law regarding property rights in the goldfields and a system of “staking claims” was developed. Prospectors retrieved the gold from streams and riverbeds using simple techniques, such as panning.

mining mapsHydraulic mining, a system where miners literally blast the hills and the forested slopes with giant water canons, was so damaging that the first environmental laws in California were passed to prevent it.

 

More Gold Country Area Maps –

Stanislaus National Forest Map

Eldorado National Forest Map

Tahoe National Forest Map

Plumas National Forest Map

Carson Iceberg Wilderness Map

Crystal Basin & Silver Fork

Feather River Topo Map

Lakes Basin Recreation Map

Merced River & Tuolumne River Map

Rock Creek OHV Trail Map

Sierra Buttes Map NatGeo

South Yuba River Map

Yosemite Maps by Tom Harrison

Yuba River & American River Map

Gold Country Maps

Tahoe National Forest Map

Tahoe Forest Map

Tahoe Maps / Lake Tahoe California
Tahoe National Forest
USGS map California: Tahoe Map. Lake Tahoe Camping. Sierra Nevada Lakes, Sierra Mountains

Tahoe Maps. Quality USDA maps created for the National Forest Service. Tahoe California Map. Tahoe Area Map. Northern Sierra, Sierraville, Truckee, Stampede Reservoir, Granite Chief Wilderness

GPS: Longitude & Latitude; Rivers, Creeks, Peaks, Elevations, 4WD & every dirt BackRoad, Hot Springs, Equestrian Areas, all Campgrounds, Hiking Trails & BackPacking Trailheads. WATERPROOF MAP. Ranger Map – NFS issued map. ISBN# 9781593514419

Areas include: Northern Sierra, Sierraville, Truckee, Stampede Reservoir, Granite Chief Wilderness, North Lake Tahoe, Hell Hole Reservoir, French Meadows Reservoir, Sugar Pine Reservoir, Donner Lake, Jackson Meadow Reservoir, Bowman Lake, New Bullards Reservoir, Downieville, Highway 49, Gold Country.

sierrabuttes

Sierra Buttes, Yuba River Headwaters

Northern Sierra Nevada Mountains: Tahoe National Forest

Lakes Basin Recreation Area

North Bloomfield, Malakoff Diggins

Gold Country California

Rivers in this Region:

Wilderness Areas nearby:hiker

Desolation Wilderness
Granite Chief Wilderness
Mount Rose Wilderness

Camping & Hiking Lakes in the North Sierra:

nearby towns:

Sierra City, CA

Sierra City, CA

Sawmill Lake

Sawmill Lake, near Donner Pass


Faucherie

Lake Faucherie, near Donner Pass

find more Tahoe maps –

Lake Tahoe Basin Atlas
4×4 Guide Tahoe NF
Sierra Buttes Map
South Yuba River Map
Lake Basin Map