Yosemite Gold Country Network has created this website to provide visitors to the greater Yosemite National Park area with a guide to the area. Yosemite Gold Country natives are a resilient but friendly folk who are very pleased to share our love of the environment with you.
Our culture runs deep; thousands of years with the original inhabitants, Miwok and Piute “First Nation” residents. In its early years, after the1849 Gold Rush, the area was dominated by the economics and culture of “gold fever”. Wars were fought over mining rights, only some of the “wars” were fought in a court room. The lifestyle and character of this “mining culture” was tough and often violent. Slowly the “culture” of the “frontier” changed. Minors became “settlers”, and cattle ranches were established to “harvest” the vast grasslands of the lower foothills and logging became an important part of the region’s economy.
Where History Lives Around the turn of the 19th Century, a new resource began to be exploited, Yosemite; the area’s natural setting became an important part of the local economic scene with the invention of the automobile. The story of Yosemite Gold Country is written large on the region’s landscape, by nature and by man. We hope you enjoy this journey and exploration of one of the most picturesque regions of the great state of California and learn something about the important role the area played in American History.
Gold Country Communities
The communities, in Yosemite Gold Country, are mostly “settlement” dating from the Gold Rush period. Most were founded between 1849 and 1870 and were “trade centers” for the surrounding mines and mining districts.
Many of these old mining towns were nothing more than tent settlements along a rich placer creek and they took on a more permanent form as mining evolved from working the placer deposits of “free gold” to mines and milling operations that was part of the mother lode gold bearing rock formations.