Living on the edge of Gold Country

There’s a lot of history around where I live. We have a ghost town about three miles from our house, Sutter’s Mill is about 20 miles up the road, and we have many old cemeteries. It’s one of these old cemeteries that just put our little town in the NY Times, and it’s not because this is a great place to live, which it is.


It’s a product of another time, and of different thinking and apparently of people who missed something right in front of them for a long time.

Still, momentum for switching the stones only really began to build in 2009 when Josh Michael, a local Boy Scout, drafted an elaborate proposal to replace the markers to fulfill his community service obligation for becoming an Eagle Scout. Josh, now 15, was unavailable for comment because he was — no kidding — climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.




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