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

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JACKASS HILL

WHAT'S IN A NAME? Memories of a great philosopher who, with Yankee shrewdness, sugar-coated his medicine with New England humor. "Mark Twain's Cabin" is on Jackass Hill.

When We-two visited it, it was still occupied by the Virginia City editor for whom Clemens was reporter. The trail up was quite "jackassable." We made it on foot.

At the highway below, we stopped at the only building, a road- house, to ask where Jackass Hili's trail forked from the main road. Opening the door, we came on a game of poker. Every participant had his sixshooter beside his stack of chips. This was some decades after the Gold Rush. Its folkways persisted. . . .

A part of our trail uphill ran along the bank of an unused miner's ditch. It held only a trickle of water. This was just enuf to make an ideal environment for the swamp-loving Yellow Mimulus. Its blossoms so filled that old ditch that one could imagine someone uphill was pouring into the canal a stream of molten gold.

The chilling pessimism of Europe, the corroding pessimism of Asia stand in marked contrast with the cheery optimism of U. S. A. Selection of the best proceeded at an accelerated rate in ten generations of pioneering that culminated in California's Gold Rush. The physically weak, the mentally stupid did not survive redskin arrows, cholera, mountain fever.

In probing California history as does a surgeon for a bullet, one is helped by remembering what a combination of courage, daring, and the urge to go a-wanderlusting dominated the youngsters who ventured Panama or the Horn. This week, the writer has been questioning the son of one '49er. That miner's parents' ancestors had a patent of nobility because he saved the life of his King in a wolf hunt. He reminded this author that mediaeval rulers held thrones by examples of outstanding courage. This author's recollection of Gold Rush men still alive in the 1880s also is filled with examples of conspicuous courage.


JACKSON

WHAT'S IN A NAME? In JACKSON'S, memories of the Mexican War. The camp was named in 1849 in honor of Colonel A. M. JACKSON, Mexican War veteran. He was the acknowledged town leader during its first few years. JACKSON was founded as a trading post on the original Gold Trail between Sacramento and the Mokelumne River mines. Its Main Street was part of said trail.

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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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