Amador County Points of Interest

Volcano Centennial Marker
12 October 2006
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Placer Mining in Volcano Placer Mining in Volcano
Photo c1860
Photo Courtesy Society of California Pioneers

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Volcano Centennial
Main and Consolation Streets

Three markers in formation.

The Volcano Centennial marker is on the left. The marker in the center commemorates California Historical Landmark 29 and the marker on the right commemorates Soldier Gulch.

Soldier Gulch has variant spellings, sometimes Soldier Gulch and sometimes Soldiers' Gulch.

The Volcano Centennial marker reads:


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.

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