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

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HIGHWAY AT ROUGH AND READY Excellent highways, let it be repeated, lead to most of the Ghost Towns, such as ROUGH AND READY. Some of course are almost forgotten names.

ROUGH AND READY

WHAT'S IN A NAME? In ROUGH AND READY'S, the concept of Secession. It probably was in other men's minds. It later was to plunge our nation into a war that, eugenically considered, was possibly the worst in history. It decimated the leadership caste in Dixie, also among the Yanks. The blundering idealists of the North lacked vision. The South, for some decades, had been on the way of solving the slavery problem. Blinded Yankees, who knew almost nothing about it, were inflamed into the most tragic of all wars. Today we pay the penalty therefor in paucity of leadership. We lacked it in the 1930 Depression, in avoiding the taxation of a colossal and crushing national debt. This was piled high under President Franklin Roosevelt, even before Pearl Harbor.

For a decade or two, ROUGH AND READY hardly has been more than a name. With the postwar westward surge of population, it, too, now receives new blood. These newcomers, however, are strangers. How many of them suspect that, in that name "ROUGH AND READY" is interred the concept SECESSION?

ROUGH AND READY, ghost mining camp, became famous

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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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