Highway 49--Gold Rush Country
Introduction to the Gold Rush town of Rough and Ready, which is 5 miles from Grass Valley.
In 1850, about 3,000 people lived here. A proposed government mining tax got townspeople angry enough to vote to secede from the Union. They named their town for the 12th President, Zachary Taylor, who was nicknamed “Old Rough & Ready.” The new republic lasted just three months.
A Secession Days Celebration occurs on the last Sunday in June and includes a pancake breakfast at the firehouse.
Things to do in nearby Grass Valley.
More things to do in Gold Rush Country.
More ideas for exploring Northern California.
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