Mining at Ione

Farther down Sutter Creek at the base of the foothills and only a few hundred feet above sea level stood Ione City. But Sutter Creek because of its rapid fall was, in flood season, often a raging torrent that washed the grains of gold down through the hills to the flatlands around Ione City where there were found deposits as rich as those at many points higher in the mountains.

Ione Ca., photo by Slof

First called Bedbug and then Freezeout some speculate that the town was named for the heroine in Bulwer-Lyton’s The Last Days of Pompii, a popular book of the time.  Two miles north sat Muletown and on another two miles Irish Hill, both settled about the same time as Ione.


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