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Columbia in Tuolumne County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Hildreth Party

 
 
Hildreth Party Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 22, 2012
1. Hildreth Party Marker
Inscription.  
In Memory of the Hildreth Party
of Prospecting Miners

Thadeus Hildreth
George Hildreth
John Walker
Alexander Carson
Billy Jones

John Walker found gold near here on March 27, 1850, which led to the founding of Columbia
 
Erected 2003.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 38° 1.969′ N, 120° 24.025′ W. Marker is in Columbia, California, in Tuolumne County. Marker is at the intersection of Columbia Street and Main Street on Columbia Street. This marker is located in the picnic area at Columbia and Main Streets. It is laid in the ground and not easy to see. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbia CA 95310, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Scraping the Rocks Clean (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Donnell & Parsons Building (about 400 feet away); Eagle Cotage (about 500 feet away); Columbia Masonic Temple (about 500 feet away); Hon. Jesse M. Mayo
Hildreth Party Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 22, 2012
2. Hildreth Party Marker
This small marker is visible on the left side of this view.
(about 600 feet away); A Home for Immigrants (about 600 feet away); Wilson/McConnell House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Water, Precious as Gold (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
 
Also see . . .  History of Columbia. On March 27, 1850, Dr. Thaddeus Hildreth, with his brother George and a handful of other prospectors, made camp near here. They found gold, and miners streamed in to share the wealth. Before the month was out Hildreth's Diggings, a tent and shanty town housing several thousand miners, was created. (Submitted on August 27, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 27, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 323 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 27, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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