Johnsville Gold


Gold Discovery Days in Johnsville, CA Plumas Eureka SP

July 16-17, 2022

 Plumas-Eureka State Park
310 Johnsville Road
Blairsden, CA 96103
(530) 836-2380

Also see Greenville Gold Digger Festival, often held on the same weekend

Gold Discovery Days held on the third Saturday and Sunday of July invites visitors to step into the lives of gold miners circa 1851 when the discovery of gold on Eureka Peak and the bonanza that followed in Johnsville through the 1890's left their marks. Demonstrations and activities includes tours of the Miner's cabin the Moriarty House, blacksmith shop, the bushman mill, the assay office and activities. Candle making, spinning, weaving, woodworking, gold panning, quill pen writing, children's games, ice cream making, clothes washing the 19th century way, butter making, homemade bread and jam, and wagon rides through the town of Johnsville can be experienced by all. Family and group pictures taken in costumes from the era are available for a small charge of $10.

Guided hikes to historical sites in the Park, wandering musicians, food for sale and a barbecue each day from 11 am - 3 pm featuring hamburgers, hot dogs, and authentic Cornish pasties together with beverages and all the trimmings are worth the wait (save your appetite.) The annual Rotary Pancake Breakfast takes place on Sunday morning at 8 a.m. approx.

The Johnsville Historical Society's St. John's Church Museum is also open, documenting Johnsville's historic families as well as old maps and photographs of the area in its heyday. Church activities begin daily with their traditional junk sale and Saturday morning also features an old-fashioned bake sale. The historic society also hosts an architectural walking tour of Johnsville departing from the Park's museum. On Sunday the annual Rotary Club pancake breakfast is held. Come enjoy music by Code Bluegrass while eating breakfast and take part in the fundraising raffle!

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