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Magalia in Butte County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Dogtown Nugget

 
 
The Dogtown Nugget Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 8, 2010
1. The Dogtown Nugget Marker
Inscription. This marker symbolizes the discovery of the first large gold nugget in California. It was found across this canyon in Willard Gulch April 12, 1859. Weight 54 pounds.
 
Erected 1955 by Centennial Parlor No. 295, Native Daughters of the Golden West. (Marker Number 771.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 39° 48.243′ N, 121° 34.719′ W. Marker is in Magalia, California, in Butte County. Marker is on Old Skyway Road 0.3 miles north of Pentz-Magalia Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Magalia CA 95954, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dogtown (approx. 0.2 miles away); Magalia Community Church / The Magalia Schoolhouse Bell (approx. mile away); “Magalia Depot & Butte County Railroad” (approx. 0.6 miles away but has been reported missing); Old Paradise (approx. 3.4 miles away); Centerville Cemetery (approx. 3.6 miles away); Paradise Pioneers
The Dogtown Nugget Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 8, 2010
2. The Dogtown Nugget Marker
(approx. 4.1 miles away); PFC. Steven J. Walberg-Riotto (approx. 4.3 miles away); Old Paradise Depot (approx. 4.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Magalia.
 
More about this marker. This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No. 771 on January 31, 1962.
Statement of Significance:
The Dogtown nugget was discovered April 12, 1859 at the Willard Claim, a hydraulic mine in the Feather River Canyon northeast of the town.
 
Also see . . .
1. Welcome to Dogtown. How Magalia got it's name and why the 54 pound gold nugget was called "The Dogtown Nugget". (Submitted on April 10, 2010.) 

2. Magalia. A short history of Magalia with additional information on the area. (Submitted on April 23, 2010.) 
 
Categories. Natural ResourcesNotable Events
 
Guard Rail and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 8, 2010
3. Guard Rail and Marker
Guard Rail By image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 8, 2010
4. Guard Rail By
The left spike at the foot of the marker base.
Paradise Lions Club 1956 image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 8, 2010
5. Paradise Lions Club 1956
The right spike at the foot of the marker base.
Above the Feather River Canyon image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 8, 2010
6. Above the Feather River Canyon
The Willard Claim was located across this canyon.
Relief Art on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 8, 2010
7. Relief Art on Marker
Depicting the discovery of the Dogtown Nugget.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,023 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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