Wednesday, August 19, 2009

California Historical Landmark #571

Salmon Falls
California State Historical Landmark #571

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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.

Salmon Falls was located on the banks of the South Fork of the American river, at the mouth of Sweetwater creek. The name of the town was derived from the cataract in the American river near the site of the town where the Indians used to come down from the mountains to catch salmon.

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