The Georgetown Divide is located between the Middle & South Forks of the American River in the foothills of California’s mighty Sierra Nevada Mountains. Perhaps best known for the major role it played during California’s Gold Rush, it took the discovery of gold in the American River at Coloma in 1848 to awaken interest in the foothills above. Miner’s with knowledge of the precious metal’s properties realized that the placer had washed down from the hills above Coloma. It was their exploration for gold that led to the establishment of what became Georgetown & the Divide.
For the past 160 years, life here has been largely influenced by the Divide’s rugged people, the unique places & the historic events. There was a second “Gold Rush” that was actually green in color. This was the discovery of the vast tracts of timber on the Divide above Georgetown. Logging became a major industry on the Divide & remains so to this day. There remains only a small number of towns dating back to the Gold Rush. Most of the old towns are gone now, having faded into history. Across the Georgetown Divide, today’s residents of Georgetown, Garden Valley, Quintette, Greenwood, Pilot Hill, Lotus, Coloma, Kelsey, Mosquito & Volcanoville enjoy a quiet, rural lifestyle void of the hustle & bustle rampant during the Gold Rush Days.
Today, miners & loggers can still be found in the backwoods & upcountry from Georgetown. However, they now must share it with the many people venturing onto the Divide in pursuit of recreational opportunities & other activities. With the rich local history, tourists can sometimes be found in large numbers in the summer time. Camping, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, wildlife watching, whitewater rafting and off-road trails for motorcycles, ATV’s & 4×4’s are just a few of the many recreational opportunities awaiting you on the Georgetown Divide.
This blog explores the people, places & things that make the Georgetown Divide so unique.