Plumas Eureka State Park Association

The lure of gold brought many people to California after the initial discovery at Sutter’s sawmill on the American River in 1848. Prospectors didn’t find their way up to the area we now call Plumas-Eureka until 1851, when a couple of them – part of a larger group – discovered an exposed quartz ledge, rich with gold, high on the slopes of Eureka Peak.