Mormon Island
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member heringermr
N 38° 41.950 W 121° 07.650
10S E 662833 N 4285057
Quick Description: California Historical Landmark #569
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 8/17/2009 7:12:08 PM
Waymark Code: WM71A0
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member Uncle Alaska
Views: 24

Long Description:
Early in March 1848, W. Sidney, S. Willis, and Wilford Hudson, members of the Mormon Battalion, set out from Sutter's Fort to hunt deer. Stopping on the south fork of the American River, they found gold. They told their story on returning to the fort, and soon about 150 Mormons and other miners flocked to the site, which was named Mormon Island. This was the first major gold strike in California after James W. Marshall's discovery at Coloma. The population of the town in 1853 was more than 2,500. It had four hotels, three dry-goods stores, five general merchandise stores, an express office, and many small shops. The first ball in Sacramento County was held here on December 25, 1849. A fire destroyed the town in 1856, and it was never rebuilt. Its site was inundated by Folsom Lake in 1955.
Marker Number: 569.00


County: El Dorado

Has Official CA Plaque: no

Marker Dedication Date: 04/01/1957

Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, N side, Folsom Point picnic area, near the Mormon Island Dam, 3 mi NE of Folsom

Website: [Web Link]

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