Miner statue

It was Abraham Thomson that started the whole effect in 1851 after he found flakes of gold in the grass nearby where his mule was feeding. In a matter of weeks more than two thousand miners had set camp and shift tents on the spot that would later be dubbed “the richest square mile on earth,” Yreka Flats.

The story goes on to reveal that this that led to one of the biggest gold mines in America’s history. The mine produced tons of gold that were worth millions of dollars.

Modern Goldtown, Yreka, California

A Modern Goldtown — Yreka, CA

The town of Yreka is still a relic of the gold mining era. Yreka’s gold rush inspired downtown and business fronts feature a number of historical stops and resting places that give a nostalgic feeling not far from the hustle and bustle of the feel of the 1851 goldtown of Yreka, CA.

A Modern Gold Heist

Siskiyou County Courthouse gold display. Photo: Mel Fechter, Associated Press

Photo: Mel Fechter, Associated Press

For a number of years, the Siskiyou County Courthouse in Yreka held one of the biggest gold collections south of Alaska. The gold collection was built over time by donations from miners and residents, as well as purchases with county funds. The collection was even used as an exhibit at the 1939 World’s Fair in San Francisco. In a modern gold heist tale, the window display which held gold was robbed one February night in 2012.

Gold Rush Days

Yreka annually celebrates their vibrant gold rush heritage every June, at Gold Rush Days
Gold Rush Days in Yreka, CA is one of the biggest, most dynamic gold rush festivals in California. Mark your calendar for the third Saturday in June as pony rides, antique peddlers, old time photo booths and live music fill Yreka’s historical downtown corridor.

Take time and awaken the ghosts of the town at the mines in your travel to Yreka. The town is not only pleasant but full of culture and history that came from a much remembered gold rush.