Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Highway 49--Gold Rush Country: Rough and Ready

Rough and Ready  5 miles from Grass Valley.  

blacksmith building in Rough and Ready, California
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.

firehouse in Rough and Ready, California
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.
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