Sierra City History
Prospectors arrived at the present day site of Sierra City in the Spring of 1850. The site was farther up the Sierra slope than most towns, and it's elevation and proximity to the mountains resulted in harsh winters and difficult living conditions. Mining equipment had to be brought in by mule and by men on snowshoes. Difficulties culminated in an avalanche in early 1853 that completely destroyed the town. It was several years before the area was repopulated in a permanent settlement.
The Sierra Buttes above Sierra City (the rocky crags of the buttes can be seen behind buildings in the photo gallery) were rich with gold and the district produced over 30 million in gold over the years.
It All Started With The Gold Rush
The great California Gold Rush kicked off the entire saga of western mining. Read about it at The California Gold Rush.
"Where to Find Gold in California" looks at the density of modern placer mining claims along with historical gold mining locations and mining district descriptions to determine areas of high gold discovery potential in California. Read more at Where to Find Gold in California.