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September 7, 1863: Iowa Hill

September 7, 2013

[Today] we packed up and came on. I had two barometers to carry. We passed several mining towns, and crossed the very deep canyon of the North Fork of the American River; but a horse got sick and we had to stop at Iowa Hill, a long row of neat houses perched on the apex of a very sharp ridge, with placer diggings all around. This was once a very important town, but now is much smaller, its placers being mostly worked out.

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  1. September 8, 2013 9:47 am

    If Brewer thought Iowa Hill was small then, you should see it now! and the population still declines…4 students at the one-room school house when I taught there 10 years ago, now no school age students there. Mostly vacation homes in the area, but the gold is still there. Local ma and pa mining activity still going on in the original drift mines in the Iowa Hill area. Still a great place to visit. The old wagon road from Colfax to Iowa Hill that the Whitney party originally used is paved all the way…spectacular view in the American River Canyon. Worth visiting!

    • William H. Brewer permalink*
      September 8, 2013 10:51 am

      Interesting background–thanks! I need to get up that way one of these days.

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