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Originally known as Little Washoe after the Nevada gold strike of the same name, the town of Browns Valley began on a spring day in 1850. Its gold was discovered when a hay cutter's newly purchased scythe accidently sliced into a quartz ridge, which was laced with the precious metal. Miners, investors, and tradesmen poured into the area to make their fortunes. Churches, stores, hotels, and saloons sprang up overnight to serve the growing community. The Northern Maidu, an indigenous tribe who lived on wild game, acorns, ...

Browns Valley 2012, Arcadia Publishing Library Editions

ISBN-13: 9781531659790