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!

HOW CAN I HELP KEEP IT HISTORICAL? IT’S EASY!

  • 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

Annotations:
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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