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Then – This unusual name reflects the fact that a group of Texas miners discovered gold in the nearby creek in the early 1850s. They named their settlement Coarse Gold Gulch (they later renamed their abode Texas Flat, but the name didn't have staying power among Californians).
Coarsegold produced the first deep lode mine in the region, but time revealed that wasn't the area's true wealth. Cattle, sheep and hogs headed for Stockton became the treasure as ranching became the way of life in the latter half of the 19th century.
Now – That's why Coarsegold – population 7,280 – is still known for its large ranches. In fact, native ranchers still hold huge cattle drives to the cooler high country every summer. Visitors can learn more about Coarsegold's colorful heritage from The Gold Gulch Museum and Coarsegold Historical Society Museum. Coarsegold offers some homes for sale in a community suited for commuting, while maintaining the rural, small town, mountain lifestyle.
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