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Jenny Lind - Jenny Lind, California
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member heringermr
N 38° 05.696 W 120° 52.234
10S E 686728 N 4218490
Quick Description: An out of the way overgrown marker erected by the Native Daughters of the Golden West for the gold rush town of Jenny Lind.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 12/2/2014 2:00:15 PM
Waymark Code: WMN0GW
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 4

Long Description:
Jenny Lind, located on the north bank of the Calaveras River, was a placer mining town as early as 1849. Most of the placer mining was done along the hillsides above the river, and later the river was mined with dredgers. In 1864, the population was said to be 400, with half of the population of Chinese and Mexican immigrants. Located on the main road from Stockton, it was also an important freighting center for the area.

The town was originally names Dry Diggins, but was renamed in the early 1850s to Jenny Lind, partly for the pioneer Dr. John Y. Lind and partly for the famous Swedish singer Jenny Lind (though the singer never visited the town, or California).

Dredging was the main form of gold mining from the early 1900s until the onset of World War II, when mining operations declined. Jenny Lind is now an unincorporated town, though a few buildings from the past and a cemetery remain as a reminder of its early history.

On April 4, 1987, a marker was erected by the Native Daughters of the Golden West as part of their marker series reads:

"Settled in the 1840s as a flourishing gold mining, cattle ranching, and farming community. Dedicated on the 100th Anniversary of Joaquin Parlor No. 5, Stockton, Native Daughter's of the Golden West."
Group that erected the marker: Native Daughters of the Golden West

URL of a web site with more information about the history mentioned on the sign: [Web Link]

Address of where the marker is located. Approximate if necessary:
11898 Main St
Valley Springs, CA United States
95252


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