"What's in a Name?": (Tales, Historical or Fictitious, about 111 California Gold Belt Place Names)

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behind me. I lunged with my knife, struck an overhanging rock, broke the Bowie off at the hilt."

The old scout paused and looked around his circle of listeners. "Go on, Mr. Carson, go on. Tell us what happened then."

He scratched his grey locks, smiled and said simply: "What happened then? Why, in course, that's when I died."

DIAMONDS WERE SLUICED CHEROKEE'S volcanics DO contain that world rarety, a diamond "pipe." Another fabulously rich "pipe" is in the Transvaal. Not even yesteryear's terrorist Jack the Ripper could have more fiendishly violated a fair one than did the hydraulickers the pine-gowned body of CHEROKEE. Their weapon was that sharpest of weapons--a jet of water. Therewith they cut, ripped, hamstrung, knifed, severed, surgeoned, sworded, slashed, scimitared, until CHEROKEE has but scarred, mutilated ugliness where once was ravishing beauty. Flat ground to the left shows how both meadows and river beds ruthlessly were sluiced or hydraulicked to the pay dirt limit. No thought was given that agricultural land might continue to produce thru milleniums to come.

CHEROKEE (BUTTE COUNTY)

WHAT'S IN A NAME? In that of CHEROKEE, diamonds, of course. . . . It was a fish yarn that strangely parallels CHEROKEE'S legend. A professor, himself never smiling, lectured sagely upon the Architecture of Humor. He described the jokes of the Book of Phah-ho-tep. (That worthy wrote while bossing construction of Cheops' Pyramid.) The Professor insisted that old Phah cracked the same jokes that still arrive per radio: (Mother-in-law, Fat man, Reuben-come-to-town, Tenderfoot-gone-to-the-farm.)

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page I
  • Dedication III
  • The '49ers XIII
  • Pioneer Leadership XIV
  • Foreword XV
  • Gold Rush Days' Chinese XVIII
  • List of Illustrations IXX
  • Amador City 1
  • Angel's Camp 2
  • Antelope 5
  • Brown's Valley 13
  • Brandy Flat 18
  • Butte City 20
  • Calico Mountains 22
  • Camptonville 24
  • Carmelito 25
  • Carson Creek 26
  • Cherokee (butte County) 28
  • Cherokee, (calaveras County) 30
  • Chile Gulch 33
  • Chinese Camp 35
  • Coloma 38
  • Coyote Diggings 50
  • Delirium Tremens 51
  • Donkeyville 52
  • Doty's Flat 55
  • Double Springs 57
  • Downieville 62
  • Eel River 65
  • Fiddletown 68
  • Folsom 71
  • Forbestown 72
  • Forest Hill Divide 74
  • Forest Home 77
  • Gold Run 81
  • Gouge-Eye 82
  • Grass Valley 85
  • Growlersburg 87
  • Hangtown 87
  • Hangtown "Fry" 88
  • Hangtown (deer Creek) 91
  • Humbug 91
  • Hundred-Ounce Gulch 92
  • Illinoistown 93
  • Jackass Hill 96
  • Jayhawk 96
  • Jesus Maria 98
  • Kentucky Slide 99
  • Liars' Flat 102
  • Lotus 104
  • Marysville 105
  • Michigan Bar 107
  • Michigan Bluff 111
  • Mokelumne Hill 112
  • Murphy's 120
  • Mad Mule Canyon, Whiskey Creek 124
  • Nevada City 127
  • One-Horse Town 128
  • Oroville 132
  • Paradise 133
  • Pinchemtight 134
  • Pokerville 137
  • Prairie City 139
  • Railroad Flat--Also Bummerville 140
  • Rattlesnake Bar 142
  • Rebel Hill 145
  • Red Dog 148
  • Rough and Ready 150
  • Shingle Springs 152
  • Sicord Flat (not "Sucker Flat") 152
  • Slumgullion 153
  • Smartsville 156
  • Sorefinger 159
  • Squaw Hollow 159
  • Sutter Creek 160
  • Sutter's Fort 162
  • Tiger Lily 164
  • Timbuctu 166
  • Tin Cup 174
  • Twenty-Mule-Team Canyon 175
  • Vallecito 177
  • Virginiatown 179
  • W. Y. O. D. 185
  • You-Be-Damned 187
  • Greeks and Forty-Niners 187
  • Glossary Of California Gold Belt Terms 190
  • Index 199
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