Mining at Volcano

Along Sutter Creek twelve miles northeast of Jackson and thus higher in the foothills, the town of Volcano was settled about the same time as Drytown by members of the Regiment of New York Volunteers led by Col. Stevenson in the War with Mexico, and was originally called Soldiers Gulch. Because of the black limestone boulders, conical hills and the general, but erroneous, belief that the place had once been a crater the name was changed to Volcano.

Volcano 1854

It was an exceedingly rich area and yielded returns for years but unlike Drytown it suffered instead from too much water and it was often necessary to drain away the abundant underground steams. When a wagon road that crossed the Sierra to Carson Valley was built in 1852, the town gained importance as the first place immigrants would come after the hard trek across the mountains.


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