French Gulch!

French Gulch
Is there a plaque?  YES! 🙂

What is it? A plaque in the town of French Gulch!
What makes it historical? The guide says: Founded nearby by French miners in 1849, the town of Morrowville, relocated here, was the center of one of the state’s richest gold producing areas. Total production was over $20,000,000. One of California’s first stamp mills operated at the nearby Franklin Mine. From 1856 to 1858 French Gulch was the trailhead on the western branch of the California-Oregon Trail. St. Rose Catholic Church was founded in 1856. As a supply and stopping place, the town rivaled Shasta.

Other tidbits: The area’s Washington Mine was Shasta County’s first quartz gold mine! This landmark is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places!


  • You can volunteer with the Shasta Historical Society!
  • You can donate to the Shasta Historical Society!
  • You can be a responsible visitor! That means respecting the signs and pathways and treating all structures and artifacts with respect! After all, they’ve endured a lot already to make it into the present! They’ll need our help to make it to the future!
How do I find it? Listed Directions:
3 mi E of Hwy 299 (P.M. 8.6) on Trinity Hill Rd
French Gulch, CA

The plaque is at the northeast corner of Main Street and French Gulch Road in French Gulch!

From Los Angeles: ~563mi (907km) — 9.4hrs
From Sacramento: ~176mi (284km) — 3hrs
From San Diego: ~683mi (1100km) — 11.4hrs
From San Francisco: ~236mi (380km) — 4hrs

When should I go? Whenever the mood strikes you!

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