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JOHN A. SUTTER AND THE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH
MAY 13 - 20, 2007
Sutter Creek was named for German/Swiss Johann August Suter, aka John A. Sutter, the owner of the sawmill in Coloma where gold was discovered. Sutter first came to the region in 1846, and was the first European to try his luck mining in the area in 1848. There was little activity in the former mining camp until quartz lodes were discovered in 1851. The town began to boom when Alvinza Hayward was daring enough to risk the capital it took for hardrock mining. Sutter Creek achieved its permanency as the supply center for the mines that ringed the town.
At the foot of the sweeping curve of Highway 49 just south of town stood the Old Eureka Mine, once owned by Hetty Green (a peculiar old woman known as the "Wizard of Wall Street"). By the late 1850's, Leland Stanford, later the governor of California and the founder of Stanford University, picked up a stake in the Union Mine (later renamed the Lincoln Mine) to the north of town. Sutter Creek's current population: Ca. 2300 people
Enjoy the ambience and amenities of the renovated historic downtown, that soon no longer will have all the heavy traffic from Hwy 49 coursing through it thanks to the completion of the bypass project later this year.
Above & Below: Just some homes that I liked
The "Honesty Pledge" by the
Argonaut Mortgage company
The newly renovated historic buildings in downtown Sutter Creek. A short stroll from one end of town to the other gives visitors the feeling of being in a Western movie. Life seems so simple here: Benches throughout town invite to sit, rest and enjoy the scenery, there is parking everywhere and most stores close at 3 pm !!!