Thursday, August 20, 2009

California Historical Landmark #570

Negro Hills
California State Historical Landmark #570

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This landmark is located 0.1 mile northeast of the El Dorado-Sacramento County line on Green Valley Road, 4 miles northeast of Folsom, California in El Dorado County. There are 29 other California State Historical Landmarks in El Dorado County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 42.030 W 121° 06.570.

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This historic mining town, and other towns and mining camps of the gold rush era now inundated by Folsom Lake, are commemorated by the nearby Mormon Island Memorial Cemetery. Here were reburied the pioneers whose graves were flooded when the lake was formed by Folsom Dam.

Negro Hill was founded in 1848 along the American River, east of Leidesdorff Ranch, near today's city of Folsom. By 1853, a multiethnic community of over 1,200 people lived in Negro Hill, bolstered by an influx of free people of African ancestry to California.

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