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El Dorado and Diamond Springs California by Alan H. Patera

El Dorado and Diamond Springs California by Alan H. Patera
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El Dorado and Diamond Springs California by Alan H. Patera

A pair of Gold Rush towns in the Mother Load a few miles south of Placerville,  California, El Dorado and Diamond Springs are like brothers, friendly rivals only two miles apart.  This book also covers other almost forgotten mining camps in the vicinity -- Weberville, Ringgold, Logtown and Aurum City.  It tells incidents of the Gold Rush in this small slice of the mining region -- a few killings and a few lynchings before the places got civilized -- but also the social events and items of importance to the towns in the 1850s. 

Both towns were ravaged by fires, but even so there are notable remnants from the early days.  There are maps of the area and both towns, pointing out buildings and building sites.  Worth special mention is the Odd Fells Hall in Diamond Springs, in continuous use since 1852.

Paperback, 56 pages, 8.5 by 11 inches.  This book contains numerous photographs, both 19th century ones and others taken recently.  People and places are indexed.

Click on additional images (above) to see photos:

  • The Diamond Springs Hotel is one of the early buildings in Diamond Springs
  • This Gold Rush building in El Dorado is used was used as a motorcycle shop in 1999
  • The Books 'n Bears book store in El Dorado
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El Dorado and Diamond Springs California by Alan H. Patera
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El Dorado and Diamond Springs California by Alan H. Patera
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El Dorado and Diamond Springs California by Alan H. Patera
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