November 19, 2014

Introduction to the Gold Rush town of Rough and Ready


Highway 49--Gold Rush Country

Introduction to the Gold Rush town of Rough and Ready, which is 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.
 
More things to do in Gold Rush Country.

More ideas for exploring Northern California.

 
images ©2014 Carole Terwilliger Meyers


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