Discovered in 1848 by Colonel Stevenson's men who mined Soldiers' Gulch. In '49, first covered wagon
party sluiced rich gravel beds. By '53, men swarmed flats and gulches naming them picturesquely.
Hydraulic operations begun in '55, brought thousands of fortune seekers to form town of 17 hotels,
library, theaters, and courts of quick justice. During Civil War, Volcano gold served the Union;
"Volcanic Blues" smuggled cannon "Old Abe" in by hearse, to quell rebels. Mellow with memories, the
birthplace of General Liversedge, whose Marines raised our flag on Iwo Jima, honors its Heroes with
annual pageantry in Soldiers' Gulch.
Amador County Historical Society.