Hornitos is an historic mining town dating back to the early 1850s. It is located on Burns Creek, 14 miles south of Coulterville, at an elevation of 843 feet. The population was 75 in 2010. The town was formed when Mexican miners were kicked out of the nearby town of Quartzburg. Being on the major access route to mines on the Fremont Grant, Hornitos went on to become one of the most prosperous towns of the Southern Motherload. Such names as Studebaker, Ghiradelli, Wells Fargo, and Joaquin Murieta are a part of this Gold Rush community's history.

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