What's With That Name ?
Last Post 21 Oct 2016 11:37 AM by ADAM ANDREWS. 1 Replies.
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RONALD PETERSONUser is Offline
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21 Oct 2016 10:41 AM

         Something that is often overlooked is the names on maps and how they can help the prospector to locate likely areas to hunt.  A good example of this is the colorful and strange names the 49ers gave to towns, ravines, creeks, streams, hills, and mountains where they hunted for gold.  Also some of these place names have been renamed several times over the years.

         One area that I hunted, I had with me an old 1890s map, a 1950s 15-min. topo map, and a 1970s Forest Service map and this one ravine had a different name on each map.  So when I am studying old maps I often ask whats with that name, could this be an overlooked gold lead ?      Ron

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    21 Oct 2016 11:37 AM

       On my visit to Columbia Ca., Italian Bar Rd., we learned that the area down river from the LDMA camp was called Stumbletown. It simply means that this was an area where Gold miners drank way too much Whiskey. Hence the term Stumbletown.

     

        On a historical note, some names and roads were changed for good reasons. I'm from the Palomar mountain Ca. area (Awesome 200' telescope) and way back when, a man named Nate Harrison hid from the civil war up there because he was black. That part of the mountain was named after him. The old maps actually showed "N-word Nate Rd." So for obvious reasons, it was renamed Nate Harrison Grade. Sometimes maps change just to respect all people and races.

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